oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Static meaning in neutral territory: Clifford Geertz's thought on religion applied to Christian missiology and theology
|Article Title||Static meaning in neutral territory: Clifford Geertz's thought on religion applied to Christian missiology and theology|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Theological Union, Berkeley, California, USA|
|Publication Date||Nov 2003|
|Pages||518 - 541|
|Keyword(s)||Aesthetics, Anthropologist, Christian tradition, Contextual theologians, Cultural products, Cultural systems, Foundationalism, Human mind, Liberation and Religion|
Clifford Geertz gained attention as a proponent for the study of culture as a symbolic system. While his approach has recently been criticised by fellow anthropologists, it has come to be accepted by many missiologists and theologians as a way to uphold local context without resorting to crass relativism. This paper argues that while Geertz's proposal is seemingly non-religious and supposedly ""neutral"" it is actually based on an unackwowledged metaphysic.
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