The Difference between Contextualization and Inculturation

From my MA Dissertation:

Inculturation is centred on culture. This marks the primary difference between inculturation and contextualisation. Most Protestants consider inculturation as a subset of contextualisation. Bosch for example, placed inculturation under contextualisation together with liberation theology; with inculturation the primary concern is the relationship between faith and culture, while liberation theology includes the larger context, namely the socio-political situation.[1] So although there remains close ties between culture and the socio-political context, when inculturation is in question, the focus should always be ‘culture’.

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The Revd. Canon Dr. Khee-Vun Lin is the founder principal and tutor at Anglican Training Institute (ATI). Dr. Lin studied theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA (Doctor of Ministry), Trinity College, University of Bristol, UK (M.A.), and Malaysia Bible Seminary (Master of Christian Studies, M.CS). He has been the lecturer for Theology, Practical Ministry, and Mission Studies at ATI since its inception. During his tenant as the pastor-in-charge of Faith Christian Centre, Petaling Jaya, from 2000-2010, Dr. Lin guided more than 25 young adults as they responded to fulltime ministry and saw the church grew almost threefold in membership. He is trilingual (English, Chinese and Malay) and a well sought-after speaker.

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