Saturday, August 29, 2009

For more Anthropology of Christianity

For more Anthropology of Christianity

1 comment:

William said...

The author states"I found an interesting blog post about being Christian and anthropologist. Being a Christian anthropologist raises difficult questions, Katherine Cooper writes, among others because of the tenet of cultural relativism:

All practices and beliefs, whether shocking to a Westerner or not, are said to ‘make sense’ within the society that they are located. Such views cause problems for Christians. Christianity is an ultimate truth claim with an absolute framework for morality located in the character and commands of a personal God. How do we square our belief in such a claim with studying a subject that inherently denies the validity of such claims?

She also links to the paper by Dean E. Arnold Why Are There So Few Christian Anthropologists? Reflections on the Tensions between Christianity and Anthropology"

This is the facts as they are. To truly study this discipline it will deeply conflict with christian moral s and beliefs systems. It's not that it is a bad thing, but to be an anthropologist one must "close there eyes" to traditional christian beliefs of morality and what is right and what is wrong. I authored what is called a lens at another site and I am going to post a link to it. It is entitled Primitive Cultures Eyes Wide Open. It has everything to do with what this anthropologist is suggesting.

William