Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa / Edition 1

Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa / Edition 1

by Laurenti Magesa
ISBN-10:
1570755299
ISBN-13:
2901570755292
Pub. Date:
06/28/2004
Publisher:
Orbis Books

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ISBN-13: 2901570755292
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part 1The Current Experience5
1.Inculturation in Kenya: Is It Happening?9
Research Procedure9
Conceptualizations of Inculturation in the Catholic Church10
Understanding of Inculturation in the AICs13
Process of Inculturation16
What Areas Need Inculturating?17
Women in the Church29
Church and Development29
Unity in Diversity31
Understanding of the Bible33
African Theology34
2.Inculturation in Tanzania: Taking Popular Spirituality Seriously36
Introduction36
Conceptualizations of Inculturation37
Process and Praxis of Inculturation40
Ethical Dimensions of Official Inculturation44
Challenges and Problems48
Constructive Imagination: Praxis of Inculturation among Ordinary Christians52
Concluding Remarks61
3.Inculturation in Uganda: Appreciating New Ways of Being Church62
Introduction62
Scope of Research62
Understanding of Inculturation63
Facilitating Inculturation65
The Purpose of Inculturation67
African Theology, Church as a Family, and Dialogue68
Church Unity and Development70
The Liturgy71
Instruments and Symbols72
Morality73
The Bible74
Recommendations and Observations75
4.Where Are We? Learning from the Data77
The Practice of the Faith77
Worship/Liturgy79
Healing and Deliverance81
Symbols, Leadership Structures and Gender Issues82
The Bible84
Ecumenism84
Theology85
Part 2The Experience at the Beginning87
5.Old Testament Foundations89
Israel and the Nations90
Change and Growth through Praxis and Experience92
Divine Inspiration in the Old Testament94
The Hebrew Bible, History and Myth96
Africa and the Old Testament99
6.Christianity in History: Early Beginnings103
Jesus in Historical Christianity103
Appropriating the Faith in New Testament Times106
Africa and the New Testament109
Interpreting the New Testament in Africa111
7.Fine-tuning Structures and Doctrine: The Patristic Period113
Development of Church Structure113
Struggles about Doctrine117
The African Contribution119
8.The Age In-Between: Philosophers and Reformers123
Thomas Aquinas, Scholasticism and the Enlightenment123
Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue125
The African Situation127
9.The Church in Mission: The Cultural Dynamics of Encounter133
The Original Missionary Impulse133
Mission in Modern Times134
Questions for Mission Today136
The Practice of Mission139
The Shape of the Encounter143
Inculturation and Its Implications144
The Function of Inculturation145
Inculturation as Conversion148
Inculturation and Identity149
Inculturation and Imagination153
Inculturation Is Always with Us154
10.Ways of Imagining and Imaging the Holy156
Christian Narratives of Revelation and Inculturation156
Quest for Personal Voice/Agency159
The African Palaver160
The Bible as Paradigm163
Life as the Sacred "Text" of Revelation168
11.African Constructive Imagination: Review of Literature171
Theology in a New Key171
The Urgency of the Process174
Methods and Strategies of Inculturation175
A Home-Grown Product177
Critiquing African Religion Constructively180
Peace and Reconciliation181
Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue183
Official Church Perspectives185
Conclusion188
Part 3A Look to the Future189
12.Practical Models of the Church191
Sources and Resources for "Planned" Inculturation192
What Is Spirituality?197
The Power of Ritual Celebration202
Ritual Words and Actions215
Sacred Images221
The Seven Sacraments225
Other Sacraments in Life230
13.Christian Initiatives toward New Rites in Africa234
African Initiated Churches234
Experimentation in the Catholic Church237
Conclusion246
14.Some Pastoral Dimensions247
Self-Identity of the African Church248
Some Pastoral Questions252
Searching for Unity in Diversity257
15.Concluding Remarks264
African in the Twenty-First Century264
Systemic Racism267
Aspects of Liminality of the Church268
Bibliography273
Index281

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