Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Inculturation

  • Andrew OrtaEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_206-1

Definition

Inculturation is a new term for an old issue in Christianity concerning the translation and realization of Christian meanings and practices in different cultural contexts. This ambivalence between creative cutting edge innovation and reassertions of recovered fundamental orthodoxies is integral to inculturation as theology and as pastoral practice. On the one hand, inculturation can be cast as a successor movement to liberation theology: emerging from late twentieth century efforts in Catholicism to localize the relevance of the global institution and deeply connected to a broader turn in politics and culture from a focus on class differences to one on cultural diversity and inclusion. At the same time, elements of inculturation will be familiar to scholars of sixteenth century missionary efforts to locate seeds of the divine word (semilla verbi) in indigenous religious practices and traces of the work of the apostles in the South American past. For their part, contemporary...

Keywords

Missionization Multiculturalism Indigenous Christianity Catechists 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana-ChampaignUSA