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Clifford Geertz’s Account of Culture as a Resource for Theology

Koning, Robin (2010) Clifford Geertz’s Account of Culture as a Resource for Theology. Pacifica, 23 (1). pp. 33-57. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

Culture is a major category of analysis in contemporary theology, as in all of the humanities. In clarifying the idea of culture, a number of theologians, particularly those engaged in the theology of inculturation and postliberal theologians like Frei and Lindbeck, have drawn on the work of cultural anthropologist, Clifford Geertz (1926–2006). This article outlines Geertz's definition of culture and his proposals for how culture is best studied, especially through his concepts of local knowledge, thick description and culture as text. It then offers suggestions as to why his approach, which sees culture in terms of meanings embodied in symbols, may be of use for theology.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: culture, inculturation, postliberal theology, Clifford Geertz, symbolism
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 03:04
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 03:48
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/837

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