What is the true relationship between Christianity and the world’s cultures?

In The Anglican Spirit, Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey (1961-1974) writes:

What is the true relationship between Christianity and the world’s cultures? It is possible for the church to merge itself with the world’s cultures, to be so identified with them as to lose the power of criticizing them and healing them. It is possible for the Christian church, on the contrary, to remain aloof from the world’s diverse cultures in its own quest for spiritual purity and integrity, and to make no impact upon them at all. Is it not the true calling of the church to identify itself with all that is good in culture, in such a way as to be able to influence it – but influence it because the church represents a spirituality that transcends the barriers of time and place?

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