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Faith and Culture A Simple Approach to a Complicated Relationship
Faith and Culture: Overview Assumptions Working definitions of culture Determinants of North American Culture(s) Brief Exercise Arbuckle’s Lessons for Inculturation A semiotic framework of assessment Brief Exercise Q & A
Faith and Culture: Assumptions Faith Mediation Primacy of Culture and History Cultural forms of faith expression Scripture and Tradition
Faith and Culture: Assumptions Change in culture and faith expressions Reciprocal influence of faith and culture Development of doctrine No “un-inculturated” faith Encounters with culture
Faith and Culture: Approaches to Culture Classicist culture Modern culture Postmodern culture A working definition of culture (Arbuckle)
Faith and Culture: A working definition of culture A culture is a pattern of meanings: Encased in a network of symbols, myths, narratives and rituals Created by individuals and subdivisions, as they struggle to respond to the competitive pressures of power and limited resources in a rapidly globalizing and fragmenting world And instructing its adherents about what is considered to be the correct way to feel, think and behave.
Faith and Culture: Determinants of North American Culture A digital age and digital divides Globalization and resistances Secularization Religious pluralism Fundamentalisms Scientific worldviews The new atheism
Faith and Culture: Determinants of North American Culture Consumerism Ethnicities Class differences Individualism Feminism Diversity Change as a constant Et Cetera…
Faith and Culture: Brief Exercise Rate the most important determinants (or clusters of determinants) of North American culture(s) as they relate to faith in all of its forms: our relationship to God, evangelization, catechesis, ecclesial forms and dynamics, etc.
Faith and Culture: Arbuckle’s Lessons for Inculturation Definition of Inculturation: “Inculturation is a dialectical interaction between Christian faith and cultures in which these cultures are challenged, affirmed, and transformed toward the reign of God, and in which Christian faith is likewise challenged, affirmed, and enhanced by this experience….” (Arbuckle, 152)
Faith and Culture: Implications for Faith and Culture Inculturation by listening Inculturation is person-centered Inculturation is a collaborative process Inculturation requires spiritual and human gifts Liberation is an integral part of inculturation Inculturation affirms goodness in mythology
Faith and Culture: Implications for Faith and Culture Openness to learn Inculturation requires dialogue Inculturation recognizes diversities Inculturation through storytelling Inculturation through functional substitution Conclusions
Faith and Culture: A semiotic framework for assessment Premises A mathematical analogy
Faith and Culture: A Mathematical Analogy 1 / 2 = 2 / 4 1 / 2 = x / 4 1 / 2 = 2 / x 1 / 2 = 2 / (3 – 2) + 1 Symbol / Context (culture) = Symbol / Context (culture)
Faith and Culture: A Brief Exercise Given the determinants of our post- modern culture, what kinds of questions would provide fruitful dialogue for inculturation around these topics/issues? How would these faith issues/categories/doctrines be transmitted in a process of inculturation?
Faith and Culture: A brief exercise Atonement Church authority Community Human personhood/dignity Creation and Eschatology Original sin The resurrection of the body Sexual morality Efficacy of prayer/sacraments Sunday obligation God Jesus as the one and only savior Sin and forgiveness Evangelization