Deep Inculturation: Global Voices on Christian Faith and Indigenous Genius


Pages: 224

Binding: Softcover

Deep Inculturation: Global Voices on Christian Faith and Indigenous Genius

By: Antonio Sison
  • $45.00



Deep Inculturation lives up to its title in shifting the understanding and practice of inculturation from a one-way limited process of insertion to a dynamic encounter of mutual transformation.”Roger Schroeder, SVD, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago 


“This collection offers a much needed creative and dialogical approach to the inculturation of the Christian faith in light of the shifting demographics of global Christianity. Deeply rooted in the contextual nature of all theology, this volume challenges ahistorical accounts of Christian life that mask the value of local faith expressions.”Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs, University of Scranton 


“Deep Inculturation challenges us to rethink how we understand and embrace inculturation, [offering] a comprehensive, critical, and constructive rethinking and re-envisioning the diversity and plurality of the ways of doing inculturation that are deeply rooted in, and flow out of indigenous, local, and subaltern voices.”—Jonathan Y. Tan, Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies, Case Western Reserve University 


“Deep Inculturation is at once a fresh grammar, an imaginative theological shift, and a creative hermeneutical paradigm that presents a new understanding of inculturation rooted in the rich diversity and ingenious interdisciplinarity of the lived reality of local culture. This is a timely work in the age of synodality as a shared path toward a Christian praxis of inclusion, mutuality, and dialogue.” —Anne Arabome, SSS, PhD, author of Why Do You Trouble This Woman? Women and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola 



Traditionally, inculturation has referred to a strategy employed by Western missionaries to evangelize non-Christian cultures. But what does this look like from the other side, from the perspective of indigenous cultures of the Global South and immigrant-heritage cultures in the interstices of dominant cultures? Deep Inculturation features original essays by seven leading global theologians with a focus on what this inculturation looks like in particular contexts: Africa, Mexico, Japan, Australia, and Indonesia.

Contributors: Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ; Marzanna Poplawska, PhD; Ángel F. Méndez Montoya, PhD; Carmel Pilcher, RSJ, PhD; Ferdinand Okorie, CMF, PhD; and Christopher D. Tirres, PhD

Antonio D. Sison is Vatican Council II Chair of Theology, Professor of Systematic Theology and Culture, at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. He is author of The Art of Indigenous Inculturation: Grace on the Edge of Genius (Orbis)

Cover design: Michael Calvente 

Cover art: “Baptism” by Shahar Caren Weaver. Used with permission

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