Encountering the West

Encountering the West : Christianity and Culture - An African Dimension

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This work takes as its subject the emergence of a distinctive Third-World - particularly African - Christianity, as it uncouples itself from the Western cultural package in which Christianity was introduced there. A major shift in the Christian population of the world is taking place. By the turn of the century 80 per cent of Christians will live in non-Western countries - a reversal of the situation a century ago. In the past, missionaries were accused of "imperializing". Today, the focus is reversed - non-Western nations have much to teach the West about the Gospel.
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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 24mm | 322.05g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Harpercollins/STL
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0551028114
  • 9780551028111

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Introduction - setting the context, the rationale, definition and scope. Part 1 Religion and the cultural project - an examination of thought and action: introduction; the cultural critique; magic in the Renaissance; enlightenment and romantic views; modern attitudes; culture crisis - truth and value; theological issues. Part 2 "They Stooped to Conquer" - cultural vitality and the indigenous impulse: introduction; the African crucible; historical precedents; "It is in us, it is in the blood"; conclusions. Part 3 Gospel and culture - theological and religious reflections: introduction; positive force of gospel and culture; negative force; theology and the cultural frontline; vernacular cultures under the gospel. Part 4 Religious insiders and cultural outsiders or religious outsiders and cultural insiders? the inter-cultural critique: introduction; the nationalist critique; the missionary critique; the inter-cultural critique; religion and plausibility structures; world christianity and western self-understanding; historical purpose and the nation state; the witness of reason; retreat from mission; cross-culture dimensions. part 5 Religious agnostics and cultural believers - the lost trails of christendom: introduction; the church and its territorial shell; the voluntary realm; mision and the separation of church and state; neo-orthodoxy and counter-culture; colonalism, christendom and mission; secularism - left and right; cross-cultural encounter; pax-Islamica as territoriality; territorialty and domestic enclavement; issues; concluding note. Part 6 The garden of Eden without the snake? - the moral sting in the cultural tale - some conclusions: western encounter; cultural innocence; cultural mutality, moral relativism; tacit language, bible translation; translation, colonialism and ethnology.
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