Intercultural Theology as the Integration of Ecumenism and Missiology: The Example of Current Latin American Christology

In: Crossroad Discourses between Christianity and Culture

This contribution will illustrate new developments in the field of intercultural theology as the integration of ecumenics and missiology, discussing the changes in Latin American Christology. We will do that in four steps. First, we will show how acontextual the liberation theology of liberation of the 1970s and the 1980s was. Second, we will argue that the attention paid to Latin American Mariology created a way to Christological reflection. Third, we will give some Afro-American examples of such a breakthrough. Finally, we will articulate some criteria for assessing these new images of Jesus. The main question is if one can also speak of a “hidden Christ” in the current Latin American religious movements as one can in Africa and Asia. The answer will be by means of the principle of the so-called double transformation. If it is the case that not only Latin American movements color the images of Jesus but the Jesus of the New Testament scriptures can complete or even correct these images, then one can truly speak of a double transformation in which the catholicity of the Christian faith can be experienced.

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