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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis$
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John Early

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040134

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040134.001.0001

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A Bishop's Evolving Worldview

A Bishop's Evolving Worldview

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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

John D. Early

University Press of Florida

Samuel Ruíz García was consecrated the bishop of the San Cristóbal diocese on January 25, 1960, and remained until 1999 when he reached the mandatory retirement age for bishops. In forty years of wrestling with the problems of Catholicism and the Maya, the bishop pioneered significant changes in the relationship between the non-western Maya tradition and a western-oriented Catholicism. This chapter sketches his evolution from a conservative Tridentine Catholic to a promoter of an inculturated Maya Christianity with a theology based on the wisdom of the ancestors and synthesized in the life and teachings of Jesus. His evolution gives further insight into the evolution of religious worldviews and how they break out of their ethnocentrisms and degenerations when stimulated by cross-cultural experiences.

Keywords:   Samuel Ruíz Garcia, theological evolution, inculturation, cross-cultural experience

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