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Domesticating a Religious Import
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Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879-1980

Nicholas M. Creary

Abstract

Catholic theologians have developed the relatively new term inculturation to discuss the old problem of adapting the church universal to specific local cultures. Europeans needed a thousand years to inculturate Christianity from its Judaic roots. Africans' efforts to make the church their own followed a similar process but in less than a century. This book provides an examination of the Catholic church's pastoral mission in Zimbabwe or of African Christians' efforts to inculturate the church. Ranging over the century after Jesuit missionaries first settled in what is now Zimbabwe, this book re ... More

Keywords: inculturation, church universal, local cultures, Zimbabwe, African Christians, Africanization, African Christianity, Catholic Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233342
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233342.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas M. Creary, author
Department of History, Ohio University