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.
’…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
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.
The Liturgy, Worship and Society series provides a library of innovative scholarship in liturgical studies at a time of vital changes in liturgical life and vigorous debates in academia. The series highlights contemporary work in liturgical studies, attuned both to traditional scholarly inquiry and to recent and emerging questions. In particular, the series is committed to exploring the relationship between liturgical life in Christian churches worldwide and the broader cultural and social contexts in which worship takes place. By offering a thorough grounding in the historical and theological foundations of liturgy as well as determined attention to contemporary developments and concerns, the Liturgy, Worship and Society series is set to make a vital contribution not only to scholarship in liturgical studies but also to the practice of Christian worship in the world today.