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Christian Inculturation in India

1st Edition

By Paul M. Collins


252 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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.

About the Author

The Revd Dr Paul M. Collins is Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, UK. A priest of the Church of England, he has worked in theological education for twenty years, first at Chichester Theological College, then at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham and presently at the University of Chichester. His research interests include the doctrines of the Trinity, Theosis and the Church, and inculturation, especially in South India. He is currently a member of the Faith and Order Advisory Group of the Church of England.

About the Series

Liturgy, Worship and Society Series

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.

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RELIGION / General