...syncretism, on the other hand, can be addressed head on. the concept is simply meaningless in our moment. it is conceptually undermined by its pervasiveness.
one can no longer speak of syncretism as if one were in possession of a purity of system that could act as an absolute reference point in judging what was syncretistic and what was not. syncretism is a hold over from old missiological thinking that began with an objective, linear, didactic gospel that could be contextualized (branded) and distributed globally like any other product. the end of objectivity is also the end of syncretism and contextualization. the world is much more complex and the gospel is much simpler than these categorical stalwarts of modern theological practice suggest.
Dan, I kiss you, mmwah.