I tried to inculturate
into the various expressions of their societies.
We do not know any Christianity, any "lived" and systematically reflected upon experience of the Gospel, outside of "the cradle of Greco-Roman literacy." Yes, the Church has "inculturated" (or at least, attempted to inculturate
) the Gospel in other non-Greco-Roman cultural contexts.
At the end of the sixteenth century, the Jesuit Allessandro Valignano was a "brilliant evangelizer" who took great care to "inculturate
" his missionary activity in Japan.
The Catholic faith has, by and large, not been allowed to inculturate
within the local milieu of other parts of the world, and so both the faith and institution of the Church has remained "foreign": a European transplant in a non-European ethos.
itself if it does not want to be perceived as an apparatus
And this seems to have been the pattern: Christian leaders helped the church inculturate
itself in the social milieu of the aristocrats so the aristocrats, in converting to Christianity, would not need to change.
Different cultures, it is sometimes argued, can go "behind" the convergence of Greek thought and biblical inspiration in order to inculturate
the Gospel "in their own particular milieux." The Pope sharply concludes, "This thesis is not simply false, but it is coarse and lacking in precision." Why this stinging rebuke?
This is a very critical point when churches today speak about their task to inculturate
the gospel into their own cultures.
One only has to study the life of Jesuit Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) to see the consequences of Roman refusal to allow him to inculturate
Chinese language into the liturgy: China was lost.
There were suggestions to inculturate
or culturally adapt the Mass to the different cultures.
Mase-Hasegawa (religion and culture, Nanzan U.) provides a theological analysis of the work of Japanese writer Endo and his struggles to inculturate
Christian faith in Japan.
Therefore, dialogue should not be a betrayal of personal views; it accepts the views of others and their experience, as well as positively including the willingness to accept, assimilate, or inculturate
the valuable systems of attitudes of other cultures.