The Theology of Culture

Theologians have employed the concept of culture from its beginnings; indeed its development was partially shaped by theological interests. Typically they understand "culture" to mean "world," or possibly the meaning-structures of the world, and assume that it unproblematically illuminates the sphere of human existence, and they attempt to relate theological concerns - which prima facie are not simply human - to our existence in culture. But the concept's full complexity and ambiguity has, until recently, been only partially apprehended by theologians, and so has caused innumerable problems. There are more things in "culture" than are dreamt of in most theologies.

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