Faith Formation And Popular Religion / Edition 240

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This book uses political, religious, and cultural history to examine catechesis. Sister de Luna establishes that religiosidad popular, the core theme for Hispanic theology, is Christian and Catholic and traces its elements in Church catechisms of the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. She goes on to examine the relationship between theology of beauty, catechesis, and spirituality establishing that the three disciplines were integral to faith formation in the early church, but were separated through the centuries. An in-depth analysis of six selected catechisms reveals that popular religion as a combination of faith and culture was evident at the beginning of Hispanic Catholicism in the sixteenth century. The investigation notes the gradual elimination and eventual replacement of the cultural aspects in the catechetical texts in the nineteenth century. The author concludes that the reunification of the cultural spiritual symbols with the presentation of doctrine could revitalize catechesis and bring Christian evangelization to a renewed effectiveness.

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Editorial Reviews

Faith Formation and Popular Religion
A fascinating book.
Gerald A. Arbuckle
Anita de Luna hopes this book will motivate Mexican Americans and other cultural groups to design faith formation texts that inspire and sustain their own spirituality. It succeeds brilliantly. Why? Because like history's best catechists Anita competently begins with experiences of the heart and faith.
Angela Erevia
Anita de Luna has created a masterpiece by examining the writings of internationally known theologians who identify popular religion as the locus of theology. She validates popular religion expressed in symbols, rituals, drama, and music as a sacred way Tejanos learn, express, live, celebrate, and share faith. This book is a must for all pastoral agents ministering to Hispanics.
Arthur Holder
Focusing on catechesis as the bridge between theological understanding and lived spirituality, Anita de Luna invites her readers to accompany the Tejana/o people on an inspiring journey of faith, cultural identity, and the struggle for justice.
Ronaldo M. Cruz
Faith Formation and Popular Religion provides the reader with a cultural and historical context of catechetical and pastoral formation among hispanics, which is the backdrop to understanding the importance of popular piety. Always a catechist, Anita de Luna teaches us that the 'beauty of memory with a heart—recuerdos'—helps reconnect the theological, spiritual, and the lived experience to make the message of the Word come alive in our time, while being respectful of the cultural context.
Jacques Audinet
Anita de Luna's book offers an historical vision, through firsthand material, of the way Christian faith has been taught in the region which is now Texas. More than that, the author shows how the teaching of faith cannot be separated from popular piety. The great value of this book consists, through the analysis of the specific situation of Texas, in relating popular spirituality, catechesis and theology, a theology of beauty.
Gerald A. Arbuckle S.M.
Anita de Luna hopes this book will motivate Mexican Americans and other cultural groups to design faith formation texts that inspire and sustain their own spirituality. It succeeds brilliantly. Why? Because like history's best catechists Anita competently begins with experiences of the heart and faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742513488
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Celebrating Faith Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 240
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 0.49 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita de Luna, MCDP, is assistant professor of religious studies and director of the Women's Center at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She is adjunct faculty for Seattle University and the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas, and a national and international lecturer and catechist.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Spirituality, Spiritual Practice, and the Catechetical Text Chapter 2 Catechesis, Theology of Beauty and Spirituality Chapter 3 Religiosidad Popular: Embodying Tejano Spirituality Chapter 4 Sixteenth Century: Genesis of the Hispanic Catechism Chapter 5 Tejano Incorporation: The Beginning of the End of the Hispanic/Latino Catechism Chapter 6 Appropriation: Fostering Spiritual Leaders for Tejanos Chapter 7 Conclusions: Tejano Spirituality, A Mestizo Contribution

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