États-Unis, la métamorphose hispanique
Collection L'Histoire à vif
320 pages - oct. 2008
At a time when the United States of America is questioning its identity and its mission in the world, recent events have shown that religion has emerged as a key factor, slowly but surely changing beliefs and the way of life in America. We have heard of the growing influence of the Evangelists, of fundamentalism, of ever-present puritan sources; but less frequently evoked is the impact of Catholicism, produced by the massive and lasting immigration from Latin America. The exponential increase in the number of Latinos in the Catholic Church of America remains largely a taboo. But the Latinos, aware that they represent the future of an American Catholicism today constricted by a homogenizing and instrumentalized civil religion, see themselves also as its salvation. They are the first people to take up its social doctrine, more culturally subversive in the US than in any other land. Among them, there is a militant stream which has given birth to a new contextual theology, interpreting certain intuitions of liberation theology in an original way while clearly marking their distance. The questions posed here are more anthropological and cultural than economical: ‘What is man?’ What we are witnessing is not a head-on clash between two cultures, but a subtle blending of genres. The Latinos, the product of several such cultural blends, know all the secrets. What is at stake in this slow metamorphosis is the receptivity of America to difference and complexity, within and outside its society; because the nature of the social bond in the United States depends on their relation with the rest of the world. This is not simply a book of interviews, but a militant work that takes a look, through Christian eyes, at our Western culture, globalization, the evolution of our societies. This seemingly exotic subject is, in reality, likely to interpolate readers in their daily life, especially Christian readers, making them reflect on the role of the community in the act of belief, our collective heritage in times of triumphant individualism, the meaning of the Church and its mission.
- Dimensions : 135x215x24
- ISBN : 9782204084086
- Poids : 420 grammes
Avec la collaboration de : Pierre de Charentenay