Christian Inculturation in India

Christian Inculturation in India

Hardback Liturgy, Worship & Society

By (author) Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins, Series edited by Professor Teresa Berger, Series edited by Dr. Paul F. Bradshaw, Series edited by Dr. Dave Leal, Series edited by Professor Bryan D. Spinks, Series edited by Revd Dr. Phillip Tovey

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 229mm x 19mm | 526g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754660761
  • ISBN 13: 9780754660767
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Includes 18 b&w illustrations

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Drawing together international and Indian sources, and new research on the ground in South India, this book presents a unique examination of the inculturation of Christian Worship in India. Paul M. Collins examines the imperatives underlying the processes of inculturation - the dynamic relationship between the Christian message and cultures - and then explores the outcomes of those processes in terms of architecture, liturgy and ritual, and the critique offered of these outcomes, especially by Dalit theologians. This book highlights how the Indian context has informed global discussions, and how the decisions of the World Council of Churches, Vatican II and Lambeth Conferences have impacted upon the Indian context.

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Revd Dr Paul M. Collins is Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, UK.

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'...an exceedingly good introduction... Collins provides introductions and signposts in the field of inculturation which will offer those who are interested a vast itinerary of places to explore.' Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection '... a positive contribution to the literature on Christian faith and culture in India...' Worship '... the book is recommended for students of contextualization in South India.' Missiology 'In this study the author has made a great contribution to the understanding of liturgical traditions in South India, in relation to the particular view of what "Indian-ness" may be said to be.' Questions Liturgiques/Studies in Liturgy 'Collins' work provides a model to critically examine Christian inculturation attempts in every cultural context.' Theological Book Review '... this book contains a mine of examples. ... This book is highly recommended to missiologists, church historians and theologians, as well as liturgists and teachers of worship.' Ecclesiology

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Foreword; Introduction; Cultures commerce and colonies :the export factor; Redefining identities: landscapes and imperatives: 1963; Whose values; which cultures? The effects of local theologies; Art, architecture and topography: temples and churches in South India; Rites and rituals: 'lex orandi, lex credendi?'; Imperatives for a new agenda; Afterword; Liturgical texts; Bibliography; Indexes.