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

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



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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