Gospel-Culture Relationship of Traditional Filipino Religion and Catholicism

By Fides del Castillo.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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The early Filipinos had a traditional religion before the Spanish expedition reached the Philippines in the fifteenth century. They have their own set of cultural traditions, beliefs, and practiced a religious system. But the question on why and how did the majority of Filipinos have come to accept the Catholic religion as an alternative to their indigenous religious beliefs is a question asked by many historians and anthropologists. This paper contributes to the discussion on how Christianity developed in the Philippines by drawing out similar constructs between the indigenous religion of the early Filipinos and Christianity. The paper concludes that the lack of tension between the traditional religion of the early Filipinos and Catholicism allowed Christianity to prosper and dominate in the Philippines.

Keywords: religious constructs, traditional Filipino religion, Catholicism, gospel-culture relationship

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.41-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 370.376KB)).

Dr. Fides del Castillo

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Education Department, De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines