Essay about Culture and Religion

7983 Words Nov 15th, 2008 32 Pages
CULTURE AND RELIGION

The only way in which Christianity and other religions exist is in concrete, definite cultural environment. We receive, live, express and transmit our faith through culture. Culture is a reality which is difficult to define because it covers everything in human life. We can look at culture as the worldview guiding our lives. Such a worldview gradually developed from millions of agreement among members of our society through the long period of time. Our leaders have taken it upon themselves to make us aware of the standards of judgment and of conduct, which have to guide us in relating with other people. Together with other members, they have conditioned us in many ways, mostly unconscious, to accept as
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a. Give an example of such a value. b. Discuss how Christianity could help bring out the life-giving aspects of these values.

GLOSSARY:

Acculturation—the process of adapting oneself to a new way or different culture. It refers to a rather superficial adjustment. On the other hand, the terms of inculturation, indigenization, and contextualization are used for a process of in-depth dialogue in which a particular cultural expression, for example of a religion (Western Christianity), get totally transformed by entering into another culture.

Culture—(Willowbank Report—1978) an integrated system of beliefs, of values and customs, and of institutions which express these beliefs, values and customs, which binds a society together and gives it a sense of identity, dignity, security and continuity.

Cynicism (Greek cynicus, as school of ancient Greek philosophy)—a contemptuous disbelief in human goodness and sincerity, hence, a cynic adopts a sarcastic, sneering attitude.

Devotion (Latin devovere, “to vow”)—Commitment to the will of God expressed through a Christian life. In a more specific sense, “devotions” refer to prayers or other religious practices of a private or non-official kind. They are intended to strengthen one’s relationship to God.

Eucharist (Greek eucharisten, “to give thanks”)—A term for the “Mass” (or the “Lord’s Supper”), deriving especially from Jesus’ prayer of thanks for the bread and wine.

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