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Faith Formation and Popular Religion: Lessons from the Tejano Experience (Celebrating Faith: Explorations in Latino Spirituality and Theology)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780742513488
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2002
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.64 x 8.62 x 5.98 inches


This book uses political, religious, and cultural history to examine catechesis. Sister de Luna establishes that religiosidad popular, the core theme for Hispanic theology, is Christian and Catholic and traces its elements in Church catechisms of the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. She goes on to examine the relationship between theology of beauty, catechesis, and spirituality establishing that the three disciplines were integral to faith formation in the early church, but were separated through the centuries.

An in-depth analysis of six selected catechisms reveals that popular religion as a combination of faith and culture was evident at the beginning of Hispanic Catholicism in the sixteenth century. The investigation notes the gradual elimination and eventual replacement of the cultural aspects in the catechetical texts in the nineteenth century. The author concludes that the reunification of the cultural spiritual symbols with the presentation of doctrine could revitalize catechesis and bring Christian evangelization to a renewed effectiveness.

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