Originally published in 2004. Inculturation - the creative and dynamic relationship between the Christian message and culture or cultures - is of interest to many churches throughout the world, particularly since the Second Vatican Council made it part of the Roman Catholic agenda. This book looks at the question of the inculturation of Christian worship, particularly in the Eucharist. Looking at the relationship of worship and culture requires insights from both theology and anthropology; Tovey develops the tools to interconnect perspectives into an interdisciplinary exploration of different models of inculturation. Inculturation of Christian Worship is both interdisciplinary and ecumenical in approach. Case studies are drawn from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, African Independent Churches, The Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. While there is a focus on Africa for particular examples, the issues are discussed in a world wide context.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Theology of symbol. 3. Anthropology and symbol. 4. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church. 5. African independent churches. 6. The Roman Catholic Church. 7. Anglicanism. 8. Inculturation and liturgical theology.
Phillip Tovey is Director of Training and Warden of Readers in the Diocese of Oxford and a part-time lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon where he teaches liturgy.