A mutual intercultural leaving between Catholics and Cultures in India Cover Image

Wzajemne międzykulturowe relacje pomiędzy katolikami i różnymi kulturami w Indiach
A mutual intercultural leaving between Catholics and Cultures in India

Author(s): Noel Sheth
Contributor(s): Joanna Kiereś-Łach (Translator)
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Sociology, Theology and Religion
Published by: Fundacja »Lubelska Szkoła Filozofii Chrześcijańskiej«
Keywords: India; culture; religion; Catholics; Asian religions; Hinduism; Indian culture

Summary/Abstract: In the introduction, the author notes that culture includes a variety of religions and philosophies, traditions, languages , literature, performing arts (such as music, dance, theater), visual arts (such as painting, sculpture, architecture), recreation and sports, clothes, kitchen media (eg. newspapers, radio, television and film), festivals, folk art, etiquette and customs, worldviews, approach to life, attitudes, values, etc. He says that India is a country of great diversity. It is the cradle of many religions, cultures and languages. Given such diversity, the author asks the question, how can we identify some of the characteristics of Indian culture? In his speech focuses on the religion of the majority, namely Hinduism, as well as several other Indian and Asian religions, which have many of the same religion in common. In the first part the author mentions some important characteristics of Indian culture, including positive and negative features. Then discusses four very important for Indian culture principles, namely the Principle of Incarnation, the Principle of Resurrection, the Principle of Altruistic Service, and the Principle of Universality. In conclusions, referring to the words of Pope Paul VI, who in the Encyclical Evangelii Nuntiandi wrote that “The Gospel, and therefore evangelization, are certainly not identical with culture, and they are independent in regard to all cultures”, the author says that the Gospel is the Christ Event, and in this sense the Gospel transcends all cultures.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 197-206
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish