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The Unknown God

Religious and Theological Interculturation


Thomas Grenham

This book explores the idea of religious and theological interculturation from a Christian perspective as an approach to evangelisation. It explores aspects of culture and pluralism as these have been interpreted in post-Vatican II approaches to mission and evaluates interculturation from a number of perspectives, including language, symbol and metaphor. It draws insight from two New Testament encounters of Jesus with women, in Samaria (John) and in Tyre (Matthew and Mark), and goes on to explore some historical sources of interculturation in the missionary endeavours of the Jesuit Matteo Ricci. A particular case study is made of the contemporary experience of an African people (the Turkana of Kenya).
Contents: Christian Mission in History – Religious and Theological Interculturation – Biblical and Theological Supports for a Liberative Interculturation – Historical Seeds of Interculturation – The Cultural and Religious Context of the Turkana – The Pedagogical Methodology of Interculturation – Imagining a New Global Intercultural Religious Consciousness.