Cultural Diversity and Religious Pluralism: The Church's Mission in Asia

Peter C. Phan



The author argues that cultural diversity and religious pluralism present formidable challenges to the mission of theChurch, and he situates his discussion in the context of Asia. He discusses the anthropological concept of culture and offers a critique of this concept in the light of globalization and the new communication technologies. Phan presents the Chinese Rites Controversy as a historical example of the concern for inculturation and dialogue. Finally, he highlights ways in which inculturation and interreligious dialogue can together further the mission of the Church in the multi-cultural and multi-religious context of Asia.

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