The Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion by Garry SparksThe Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion by Garry Sparks

The Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion

EditorGarry Sparks

Hardcover | August 1, 2017

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The Theologia Indorum by Dominican friar Domingo de Vico was the first Christian theology written in the Americas. Made available in English translation for the first time, Americas' First Theologies presents a selection of exemplary sections from the Theologia Indorum that illustrate FriarVico's doctrine of god, cosmogony, moral anthropology, understanding of natural law and biblical history, and constructive engagement with pre-Hispanic Maya religion. Rather than merely condemn the Maya religion, Vico appropriated local terms and images from Maya mythology and rituals that hethought could convey Christianity. His attempt at translating, if not reconfiguring, Christianity for a Maya readership required his mastery of not only numerous Mayan languages but also the highly poetic ceremonial rhetoric of many indigenous Mesoamerican peoples. This book also includes translations of two other pastoral texts and parts of a songbook and a catechism. These texts, written in Highland Mayan languages by fellow Dominicans, demonstrate the wider influence of Vico's ethnographic approach shared by a particular school of Dominicans. Altogether,The Americas' First Theologies provides a rich documentary case example of the translation, reception, and reaction to Christian thought in the indigenous Americas.
Garry Sparks is Assistant Professor of Religion Studies at George Mason University. He focuses on anthropological (socio-cultural and linguistic) and ethnohistorical understandings of theological production in the Americas, particularly among indigenous peoples. His areas include histories of Christian thought, theories of religion and...
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Title:The Americas' First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous ReligionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190678305

ISBN - 13:9780190678302

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