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Title: The Theology of Inculturation and the Liturgical Writings of F. Kabasele Lumbula
Author(s): AGUILAR, Mario I.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 77    Issue: 4   Date: Dec. 2001   
Pages: 456-466
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.77.4.579

Abstract :
Within the Roman Catholic tradition and particularly in the context of an emergence and development of African theology, the theological reflection on Inculturationhas been for the past forty years central to any development in systematic or pastoral theology. Inculturation has been defined as “the on-going dialogue between faith and culture or cultures”, and as a theological concept it departs from what the sociologists have termed enculturation, understood as a cultural learning process by an individual. Within a theology of inculturation it is assumed that faith and culture cannot be understood in monolithic terms. However, the process and the theology of inculturation “implies the affirmation, in practical terms, of the cultural identities of peoples within the universal church and the empowerment of these people to interpret and express Christianity differently in their lives”.

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