Outline

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………..3

Methodology………………………………………………………………………………………3

Christianityand culture……………………………………………………………………………4

Changingthe ideology…………………………………………………………………………….5

Effectsof dominating ideologies………………………………………………………………….6

Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………7

Citedworks………………………………………………………………………………………..8

Thesocietyis in a constantchangedue to theinfluenceof globalization. Aspeopleadoptnewwaysof doingthings,itis not alwaysa smoothtransitionespeciallyifitis an imposition.Culturalchangewith referenceto adoptingnewreligionis one of theconflictsin theworld,andithas attractedtheattentionof scholars.In theeraof civilization,manyregionsin theworldadopteda newideologyto their waysifworshipas partof thewholeprogramof streamlining their relationshipwith their newmasters.Mostof ithappenedduring colonialism. Everysocietyhas a setof culturalartifacts that definesit(Peace Corps Culture 236). Christianity alsocomeswith a wholerangeof practicesmostf that donot auger wellwith someculturalpractices.Thewaypeoplerespondto thesechangesis proofthattheir respectcultureandthepracticesingrainedinto their mindsare difficultto change.Theresultis a harmonization of cultureandChristianity. Someculturaltendenciesfadeawaywhileothers remain.

Methodology

Thispaperwill integratetwo aspects.Thatis, howpeoplerespondto Christianity in a newsettingandhowculturebecomesintegratedin theChristian wayof worship.Thepaperwill employthemethodology of reviewingexistingliteratureon howsomepartsreceivedChristianity as a dominating religionandhowtheir culturalaspectbecameingrainedin variouswaysof worship.Thesituationof eth Aztec in Mexico whogotinfluencedby theFranciscans will be amajorreferencein thepaper.Itwill alsoshowhowChristianity earnsa newfaceafter dippingits headinto thewayof lifeof differentpeople.Thevariedpractices,althoughminorones,will be usedas exhibitthatitdoesnot alwaysemergecleanafter conflictingwith culturalideologies.Christianityand culture

Thereare a lotof warsgoingonin theworlddue to ideological differences.Ideologyis one of themostdifficultthingsto change.What others seeas vanityanda wasteof timeis theprofessionof anothergroupin thesociety(Nash 8). TheAztecs of Mexico hadan arrayof godswhomtheyworshipedin thehopeof liberatingthem from servitude.WhentheFranciscans arrivedin Mexico, theycould not understandwhythepeopleengrossedin emptyworships of visiblegods.To them, thisculturaltendencywasunacceptable. In an effortto changethem, theyhadto takethem through a seriesof thethingsthat hadaffectedthem. SomeAztecs foundsometruthin thematterthattheir godshaddoneverylittleto helpthem. Forthisreason,theygraduallystartedto followtheCatholicism of theFranciscans. Christianity at thispointseemsto be at loggerheads with theculturalpractices.Due to theimmiscibility of someof thepractices,itsoughtto introducea newwayof worshipin Mexico. However,thiswasnot devoidof conflictingviewsbetween theconservativeAztecs andtheFranciscans (Peace Corps Culture 239).

Inthewarof ideologyandpractices,there is alwaysa winneranda looser. Thewinneris alwaysthedominantfigure,andhegainshis victorythrough theuseof variousmeans.Thetusslebetween cultureandChristianitycannot receivevictoryin one day.There is a needfora gradualinvolvementiftheearlyadopters thatin turninfluencetheothers to followsuit.Thefateof thelosersis onlyto j thewinners’practices.In Mexico, theFranciscans fearedthatthepresenceof thetempleswould be a reminderto thepeoplethat theyhadtheirculture.Thefirstthingtheydidafter infiltrating thetraditionalworshipis to destroythetemplesandotherartifacts that gaveidentityt theAztec traditionalreligion(Peace Corps Culture 240).

Asimilarcasewaspresentin Africa during thecolonialperiodwhentheforeignerswhointroducedChristianity calledforthedestructionof theartifacts of thetraditionalreligion.Thedemolitionof theAztec templesmadethereligionlosemeaningamong thepeople,andtheyagreedto followthedominating Franciscans. Theintegrationof Christianity in a culturalbackgroundrequirestheredefining of theidentityof theculture.One wayof doingsois to ensurethatparaphernaliathatpeopleidentifythemselves with ceaseto exist.

Changingthe ideology in the culture

TheAztec wayof lifemay seemto be decades oldbuthowpeopleviewtheroleof Christianity in thesocietyhas not changed.Accordingthosewhoprofessit,its roleis not onlyto bringthegoodnewsto thepeoplebutalsoto correctthewrongsin thesociety.Thelaterroleis controversialin manysettingswith somepeopletryingto distance religionfrom thematterof thestate.Themoderncultureis alsosubjectto reviewon thebasisof Christian beliefs.Thewayin peopleembraceChristianity in thesocietycontinueto change,andithas moreroomto driveits agenda.

Liberationtheologyin Latin America is alsoanothergoodexampleof howa clashbetween cultureandChristianity occurs.Due to thediscriminationof somegroupsin thecommunity,thelevel of economicwell-beingandstandardof livingare not thesamein mostpartsof theworld.In Latin America, Christianity tookthebullby thehornsandopenlycriticizedtheroleof thepoliticalinstitutionsin facilitatingtheunequaldistributionof resources.ManypeoplefeltthatChristianity should keepoff from themattersthat layoutside thechurcharena.However,itwasdifficultforthereligiousleadersto assumethatallwaswellfortheir congregationwhiletheinequalitiesspookedup in frontof their eyes(Peace Corps Culture 245).

Asseenearlier,there is alwaysa winneranda loserin a warof ideology.Justlike in Mexico, thewarbetween liberationtheologiansandthestateswasa toughone.Despite themassivecriticismsheapedupon themove,theagendareachedhome,andpeoplechangedtheir viewon thepoliticalinstitution.Itchangedfrom an alienated arenato includepublicparticipation.

Effectsof dominating practices

However,thedominating ideologysuffersbruisesduring thetussle,andthisis evidentin somepocketsof thepracticesthat reflectbitsof theforegoneculture.Forexample,after changingtheAztec tradition,Catholicism didnot emergecleanfrom thebattle.Somecommoncommunitypracticeslike songs,instrumentsamong others are not subjectto alterations.There weresomeaspectsof thereligionthat could not be altered(Niebuhr 11). Acleancongregationof Catholics whohadnothingto dowith their pastwasnot easyto forge.

Every1st November of theyear,theRoman Catholics celebrateallsoulsday.On thisday,theyprayforthesoulsof their deadmembersin an effortto petitionfortheforgivenessof their sins.Interestingly, thisdayis alsocelebratedin Mexico, andithas beenin practicesince timeimmemorial.Itwastheartof theAztec traditionalreligion.On theseconddayof November everyyear,theAztecs could placepicturesf their departedmembersof thesocietyin shrinesandlightcandlesforthem (Roy 24). Theywould alsoofferthem foodto showthattheywerestillpartof the.In changingthesociety,Christianity doesnot emergefreeof theinfluenceof otherpractices(Harris 14).

Duringtheliberationmovementin Latin America, Christianity suffersthewrathof beingpesteredwith namesandbeingassociatedwith othermovementsthat soughtto enddiscrimination.One movementthat earnedpubliccriticismsthefeminist movementthat lookedforwardto liberatingwomenfrom theeffectsof a patriarchal society.Itwasunfortunatethatthechurch’seffortto driveits agendacoincidedwith thismoment.Forthisreason,its mandatewasseenas an aiding planto radicalgroupsthat opposedthepoliticalinstitution(Peace Corps Culture 246).

Conclusion

Inconclusion,peopleembraceChristianity in differentways.Its placein thesocietyis onlysafeifitdoesnot engagein mattersthat peoplereferto as contemporary.Anymoveto playa partin thearenaraisestheconcernsof people,anda tusslebreaksout. However,a culturethat is not in linewith Christian practicescannot auger wellin a Christian community.Ifthepeoplewhofacilitatetheinjusticeprofessthatfaith,thenChristianity has to raiseits voice.Besides this,wehaveseenthattheretheintegrationof traditionalcultureinto Christianity doesnot havea smoothtransition.Howeverwith gradualefforts,thetwo becomeunitedalthoughthere are someaspectsthat are not changeablein a community.Christianity mainstreams suchpractices,andtheybecomepartof eth peoples’practice.

CitedWorks

Harris,Max. Aztecs,Moors, and Christians: festivals of reconquest in Mexico and Spain.Texas: University of Texas Press, 2000. Print.

Nash,Ronald. &quotWorld views In Conflict.&quot GrandRapids: Zondervan(1992). Print.

Niebuhr,Helmut Richard. Christand culture.New York: Harper &amp Row, 1956. Print.

PeaceCorps Culture. World Views in Conflict. PeaceCorps Culture Work Sheet,2014. Web.

Roy,Christian. Traditionalfestivals: a multicultural encyclopedia.Vol. 1. ABC-CLIO, 2005. Print.