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Urban Christian Spirituality

East Asian and Nordic Perspectives

Edited By Knut Alfsvåg and Thor Strandenæs

This book explores some of the challenges presented to church and mission from the contemporary culture of globalization and how this affects Christian spirituality in various ways. The attention is primarily focused on contemporary East Asian urban life, but from the assumption that this may not be all that different from what is experienced in urban contexts in other parts of the world. The authors all share an affiliation with institutions related to the Norwegian Mission Society and its work in East Asia.
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Cultural Affirmation or Innovation? Christian Spirituality in Its Thai Cultural Context

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Introduction

“…no spirituality – in its expression and development – escapes reliance on the culture that ‘hosts’ it…Spiritualities, as articulated, practiced and materially expressed, bear the marks of their cultural contexts, even if they also challenge those contexts.”1

This quote from the article “Spirituality and Culture” by James Corkery highlights the fact that all spirituality takes place in a particular context, be it geographical, historical or cultural, and that the particular context influences and shapes the spirituality it hosts. Further, the quote recognizes the ability of spiritualities to challenge, and I would also say, to transform the context within which they are situated.

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