Reflection on Jenkins and the Catholic Catechism

Philip Jenkins' The Next Christendom describes an emerging "Southern Christianity" which has a complex relationship both with traditional European Christianity and with the emerging Christianities in the "Northern" world. The Roman Catholic Catechism is a teaching guide for Catholic leaders worldwide – south as well as north – for their work of pastoring, evangelizing, and training. It dares to speak to the whole Church, not just the Church in one cultural location.

Describe the most important ways in which you believe paragraphs 1-1065 of the Catechism (the paragraphs devoted to the Apostles' Creed) are well suited and poorly suited to the southern Church.

Here are examples of what I mean: In the context of the emerging southern Church, what are some of its strengths? weaknesses? vulnerabilities? Where might some of its claims find culturally profound expressions? Where might some of them fall flat? Where might some of them be liable to misunderstanding?

Because you are both westerners and Protestants, these are of course educated guesses. But I want them to be educated guesses. Do your best to think cross-culturally and theologically, imaginatively inhabiting a non-Western Catholic context.

You should speak both generally and specifically, but concentrate on specifics.

Which literary genre you adopt is up to you. Please keep your paper four pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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