Understanding Chinese Culture Mentality in the Philippines

To understand the Church’s thrust of inculturation, it would be of primary concern to identify the three basic levels of culture at the outset. Identifying the levels of cultures will enable us to know how people organize societies and communities. It is of paramount importance that as the Gospel is proclaimed to a people, it has to identify both external and internal parts of culture in order to transform, purify and develop culture according to the design of God. John Paul II mentioned the two dimensional tasks of the Church in its dialogue and encounter with culture: “On the one hand, the Church promotes such ‘values of the kingdom’ as peace, justice, freedom, brotherhood, etc., while on the other hand, she fosters dialogue between peoples, cultures and religions, so that through a mutual enrichment they might help the world to be renewed and to journey ever closer toward the kingdom.”

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