Faith, Mission & Culture

This postgraduate unit  builds on M8510 Evangelising Mission Today by applying its insights to the question of culture. It is particularly concerned with the dynamic interaction between the faith of a community and its culture and with the critical need for inculturation if evangelisation is to be meaningful, deep and effective. It provides an introduction to the basic anthropological concepts, considers inculturation in the Scriptures, the history of inculturation in the Church, the theology of inculturation, models of contextual theology, local theology, the Church’s encounter with modernism & postmodernism, the Australian identity, approach to religion and spirituality, other Australian contexts, and seeks to develop an Australian theology.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



M8510 Evangelising Mission Today

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. show a mastery of the basic anthropological concepts concerning culture
  2. give a thorough account of the dynamic of inculturation and its history in the Scriptures and the life of Church
  3. analyse and evaluate the theological concept of inculturation and its importance for effective evangelisation
  4. identify the principal values and challenges in Australian culture and begin to develop an Australian theology
  5. specify aspects of their own Church in need of inculturation and develop appropriate strategies for inculturation.
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