Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879-1980 by Nicholas M. CrearyDomesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879-1980 by Nicholas M. Creary

Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in…

byNicholas M. Creary

Hardcover | April 1, 2011

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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. Until now, there has been no book-length 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 enlightening book reveals two simultaneous and intersecting processes: the Africanization of the Catholic Church by African Christians and the discourse of inculturation promulgated by the Church. With great attention to detail, it places the history of African Christianity within the broader context of the history of religion in Africa. This illuminating work will contribute to current debates about the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe and throughout Africa.

Nicholas Creary is an Assistant Professor of History and African Studies at Ohio University. He is the editor of Intellectuals and African Decolonization (Ohio University Press, 2010) and Returning to the Sources: New Critical Perspectives on African Indigenous Knowledges.
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Title:Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in…Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823233340

ISBN - 13:9780823233342

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One of the greatest challenges to the Church in the 20th and present century is to adapt  cultural  and sacramental life of a Rome-centered institution  to non-European cultures. Professor Nicholas Creary's  in-depth study of the Jesuits'  attempts to establish the faith in Zimbabwe  has much to teach us - especially if we can learn from our mistakes.