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Syncretism is the process by which elements of one religion are assimilated into another religion resulting in a change in the fundamental tenets or nature of those religions.
Originally a political term, "syncretism" was used to describe the joining together of rival Greek forces on the Isle of Crete in opposition to a common enemy.
Syncretism reached its culmination in the third century A. under the emperors Caracalla, Heliogabalus, and Alexander Severus (211-35).
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Syncretism is the attempt to reconcile disparate, even opposing, beliefs and to meld practices of various schools of thought.
It is especially associated with the attempt to merge and analogize several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, and thus assert an underlying unity.
Syncretism is also common in literature, music, the representational arts and other expressions of culture.
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  Syncretism and religious market (CESNUR 99)
Syncretism is usually assumed in Italian literature on Sociology of Religion as a synonymous of confusion and considered signal of distance from the orthodox religion -- in Italy this being identified with Catholicism.
Theories based on the hypothesis of progressive secularisation of contemporary societies incline to consider syncretism as a confirmation of the decline of religion and shrinkage of religious tension.
In Italian sociological research on religion "syncretism" is often used as a synonymous of contradictory mingling of heterogeneous contents -- an attitude that may be attributed to an unconscious homage to theological thought, which perceives free associations as a menace to the integrity of religious system.
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  Syncretism - LoveToKnow 1911
Syncretism even went so far as to blend the deities of paganism and Christianity.
Syncretic, being a movement toward monotheism, was the converse of the tendency, so prominent in the early history of Rome, to increase the number of deities by worshipping the same god under special aspects according to special activities.
The triumph of Christianity itself represented a result of syncretism, the Church being a blending of the beliefs and practices of both the new and old religions.
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  Syncretism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Syncretism is the attempt to reconcile disparate, even opposing, beliefs and to meld practices of various schools of thought.
Syncretism is also common in literature, music, the representational arts and other expressions of culture.
The process of syncretism in the Caribbean region is often referred to as creolization.
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Syncretism as both process and description hinges on the assumption that those observed have inappropriately mixed cultural and religious categories that are intrinsically alien to each other.
In the history of religions, syncretism was applied particularly to the "mixed" religions of the Hellenistic and Roman eras, in implicit or explicit contrast with "pure" Christianity.
Syncretism is often used to describe the product of the large-scale imposition of one alien culture, religion, or body of practices over another that is already present.
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 Syncretism Bibliography
The notion of syncretism is opposed to that of homophony and polysemy.
Syncretic forms are characterized as being either neutral (the feature values are unspecified as the result of a systematic morphological rule) or ambiguous (as a result of unsystematic homophony between multiple forms with distinct feature values).
In the context of a study of abstract structures in the lexicon, it is proposed that the cells of an inflectional paradigm are structured as the branches of a tree.
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 Read about Syncretism at WorldVillage Encyclopedia. Research Syncretism and learn about Syncretism here!   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The word Syncretism is first attested in English in 1618 and is derived from modern Latin syncretismus, drawing on
Unitarian Universalism is an example of a modern syncretic religion; it traces its roots to
Rastafarian religion is also syncretic, derived from a blend of Judaic ideology and a more secular one of emancipation.
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Syncretism is the belief in the merging of various schools of thought.
It is especially associated with the attempt to merge, analogize or assert the underlying unity of several originally discrete traditions, especially in religion and mythology.
Syncretism was a major feature of Greek and Roman paganism; imagining themselves as common heirs to a very similar civilization, they identified characters from Greek mythology with similar characters from Roman mythology.
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 Syncretism - The Mind-N-Magick Paganpedia
Syncretism is the attempt to reconcile disparate, even opposing, beliefs and to meld practices of various schools of thought.
Syncretism is also common in literature, music, the representational arts and other expressions of culture.
The process of syncretism in the Caribbean region is often referred to as creolization.
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"And that is their so-called Syncretism." In the sixteenth century the term became known through the "Adagia" of Erasmus, and came into use to designate the coherence of dissenters in spite of their difference of opinions, especially with reference to theological divisions.
In 1661 he had a colloquy held in Cassel between the Lutheran theologians of the University of Rinteln and the Reformed theologians of the University of Marburg.
Enraged at this revival of the Syncretism of Calixt, the Wittenberg theologians in vehement terms called on the Rimteln professors to make their submission, whereupon the latter answered with a detailed defence.
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 beyond orientalism
That the syncretic urge is essentially a fictional impulse is apparent even in the tropes that are employed in narratives of religious identity, such as interracial romance, conversion, discovery of lost familial roots, travel, and the return to the point of origin.
Hence the psychological ambivalence to syncretism: the narrator of Ghosh's work wills himself to deny that differences exist, yet at the same time he is subliminally aware of their continuous presence, as is evident in his resentment of the Egyptian villagers' questions about cremation, cow worship, and circumcision in Hindu society.
The self-interested advocacy of syncretism is fairly transparent whenever, as in the case of the Hindu right or even in the case of the militant Protestant Association of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England, the rhetoric of uniform civil codes and common heritage is accompanied by the systematic relegation of second-class citizenship to religious minorities.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Syncretism
syncretism In a religious context, syncretism refers to the worship of one god using the form or tradition of another god.
Syncretism: The Religious Context of Christian Beginnings in Korea.
Adam and Eve and Vishnu: syncretism in the Javanese slametan.
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Syncretism seen thus as an inappropriate mixing of Christianity with a particular culture or alternative religious system, may then be contrasted with contextualisation where the same processes produce acceptable results.
Debate about syncretism as a concept relates to whether or not the usually negative connotation should be attached to it, despite its being a natural human process of cultural change.
Syncretism will be seen to be a neutral process both by those who attach the word to the process not its religious value, and not simply only those who are not concerned for particular religious values generally.
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Syncretism is a surprising yet widespread and poorly understood phenomenon in natural language.
Thus syncretism is found even in English, whose inflectional morphology (system of different word-forms) is simple in comparison with many languages.
The database encodes information on inflectional syncretism in 30 genetically and geographically diverse languages, representing such morphosyntactic features as case, person, number and gender, in all the inflectional classes where they are relevant.
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 INTR 532 Home
If, as we have proposed, syncretism is defined as a replacement or a dilution of essential elements of the Gospel, then it must stopped or reversed, and the method by which this is to be accomplished is almost as important as the accomplishment itself.
Because syncretism conveys a significant biblical concept, and because this concept is of such critical importance to the integrity of the Church, it is imperative to retain the traditional meaning while acknowledging the shift that has taken place outside of evangelical circles.
The determination of syncretism in a particular local context cannot be simply left in the hands of powerful outside interests; the local community must be empowered to take their role in keeping watch over themselves and their doctrines.
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An academic definition is as follows- "the tendency to identify those elements in the new culture with similar elements in the old one, enabling the person experiencing the contact to move from one to the other and back again, with psychological ease".
A simplified interpretation of syncretism refers to this cultural process as a "fusion" between the African Ayoba religion and the Catholic religion.
However, it should not be confused with syncretism as the merging of two religions producing a new religious system.
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 Search Results for "Syncretism"
It is mainly a systematic criticism of the syncretism of Maimonides.
Syncretism occurs when a subordinate group molds elements of a dominant...
...and Kamalasila were the chief representatives of the Madhyamika's last phase, a syncretism with the Yogacara school that was transmitted to Tibet.
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 Worldview and Syncretism
Syncretism develops because the Christian community attempts to make its message and life attractive, alluring, and appealing to those outside the fellowship.
The theme of syncretism occurs so frequently in Scripture that it is like a threat interwoven through the fabric of Scripture's kingdom narrative.
Fourth, syncretism occurs when the assumptions of traditional culture are not adequately critiqued based upon biblical theology.
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 The Problems of Syncretism @ Essays by Tim Maroney
Syncretism is an inevitable consequence of internationalism and it is not surprising that syncretism has become a common part of the new occult and pagan religions of today's multicultural world.
In syncretism as practiced either in ancient or modern times we find conflations which are meant to be taken as literal statements about an underlying substrate of symbolic commonality.
Many occult syncretisers claim that a connection such as this was always known by a secret group of initiates who have only now cleared this mystic truth for public release(3).
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Syncretism fuses and combines these cultural elements, practices and traditions to enrich, renew and create new expressions.
This festivities show that syncretism is particularly important in cultural expressions like theology, mythology, and the representational arts, all of the present in the contemporary regional and international diversity of Día de los Muertos.
This altar, a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, is an example of contemporary syncretism of the Day of the Dead in the United States.
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 INTR 532 Home
Syncretism and contextualization are often heard by Third World and marginalized Christians as code words of power designed to maintain the traditional authority of missionaries and leaders of Western Christianity, with its roots in the Trinitarian dogma established in the fourth century.
After discussing the difference between contextualization and syncretism, the author portrays several examples of how Maiwala Christians in Papua New Guinea are trying to affirm much of their traditional culture while remaining faithful to the claims of the gospel on their lives.
Syncretism is defined as "the union of two opposite forces, beliefs, systems, or tenets so that the united form is a new thing, neither one nor the other." This definition is worked into the complexities of planting churches across cultures.
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There are at least three principles of comparative religion: (1) the Principle of Religious Syncretism; (2) the Principle of Theistic Evolution; and (3) the Principle of the Savior Archetype.
Religious syncretism manifests itself in a fascinating way in Tibet, where the native Bön religion merged with the thoughts of Buddhist missionaries.
Religious syncretism at its best is not old truths in new guise or just old or new truths confused; rather, through a creative dialectic, new religious insights have been born.
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 Jesus First - Unionism and Syncretism
Syncretism is more than physical proximity; it is a statement of faith.
The proclamation of the Gospel is the antidote to unionism and syncretism.
A pastor or congregation (or a District of Synod) that is proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, as we have agreed that it is explained in the Lutheran Confessions, has not fallen into unionism.
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 Fernando’s Desk » Blog Archive » Christian Syncretism
To me the relationship between syncretism and enculturation is a theological discussion we need to see expanded, in part because so many current models of church are uncritical on this issue, but also and perhaps more importantly, because it marks the tangible boundary of the relationships between faith, practice and mission.
On the surface syncretism is about the merging of ideas and beliefs and enculturation is about the adoption of practices.
I would venture that every act of enculturation carries with it an element of syncretism, and that is it often impossible to be fully critical about that since we are never fully detached from our view of the world.
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