Clashing Symbols: An Introduction to Faith and Culture

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Understanding the interaction between faith and culture has become an issue of increasing importance in recent years. In this book, Michael Paul Gallagher brings together a wide area of reflection on the relationship between faith and the cultural contexts influencing believers today. Gallagher begins his treatment with a look at how "culture" has been defined by theorists and how those meanings have shifted over time. The author then moves to specifically religious responses to culture, focusing on Vatican II ...
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Overview

Understanding the interaction between faith and culture has become an issue of increasing importance in recent years. In this book, Michael Paul Gallagher brings together a wide area of reflection on the relationship between faith and the cultural contexts influencing believers today. Gallagher begins his treatment with a look at how "culture" has been defined by theorists and how those meanings have shifted over time. The author then moves to specifically religious responses to culture, focusing on Vatican II and reflections from the World Council of Churches. Next, themes concerning modernity and postmodernity are explored in detail. The positive side of postmodernity - its sense of openness and possibility, its stress on community and connectedness - opens up new vistas for faith and culture, and in this light, the author discusses more pastoral issues such as inculturation, evangelization, youth ministry and spirituality. While Gallagher draws on the work of leading thinkers in the field, Clashing Symbols is not just for the academic or specialist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809142590
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 1,227,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Edition
Introduction: Culture as Cinderella 1
1 Clarifying the Concept 11
2 Three Theorists of Change 24
3 A Major Theme of Vatican II 36
4 Catholic Developments since 1965 44
5 The World Council of Churches: A Different Approach 56
6 Incoming Tides of Modernity 67
7 Religious Responses to Modernity 77
8 The Postmodern Situation - Friend or Foe? 87
9 Horizons of Inculturation 101
10 Cultural Discernment 111
11 Cultural Consciousness in Ministry 125
12 Towards a Spirituality of Culture 135
A Personal Epilogue: Roots and Horizons 147
App Anthology of Quotations on Culture 151
Notes 155
Select Bibliography 167
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