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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Need for Contextualization

The time has come to examine, investigate and criticize the way of teaching Christianity that needlessly tramples upon the culture of the recipients. Through study and solicitous ways, those who have been run over, hurt and burnt before and by now have become paranoid about being victimized by rude religious ways, may still be reached and won over....

With careful and caring redemption, adaptation and contextualization, Filipino cultural forms will flourish, not die, with the march of Christianity in our country. Then, Christianity will be the sanctuary, not the cemetery, of Filipino cultural heritage.

- Ed Lapiz, Paano Maging Pilipinong Kristiano [Becoming a Filipino Christian] (Makati City: Kaloob, 1997), 100,109.

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