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Christian Theology in Asia


David M. Thompson, Jacob Kavunkal, Israel Selvanayagam, John A. Titaley, Choong Chee Pang, Nozomu Miyahira, Sebastian C. H. Kim, M. Thomas Thangaraj, Archie C. C. Lee, Namsoon Kang, S. Wesley Ariarajah, Asia Hwa Yung, Sathianathan Clarke
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  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521681834

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  • The majority of the world's Christians now live outside Europe and North America, and global Christianity is becoming increasingly diverse. Interest in the history and theology of churches in non-Western contexts is growing rapidly as 'old world' churches face this new reality. This book focuses on how Asian Christian theologies have been shaped by the interaction of Christian communities with the societies around them and how they relate to the specific historical contexts from which they have emerged. The distinctiveness of Asian Christianity is shown to be the outcome of dealing with various historical challenges. Questions addressed include: • How does Asian Christianity relate to local socio-cultural, religious and political environments? • What is distinctive about the historical development of Asian theologies? • How have Asian theologies contributed to contemporary theological discussions within world Christianity?

    • Explains the development of Christian theologies in India, Indonesia, China, Japan and South Korea
    • Explores theological themes emerging from the Asian Christian experience
    • Employs historical and theological methods to enable readers to grasp theology in context
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    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521681834
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Formation of Christian Theologies in Asia:
    1. Introduction: mapping Asian Christianity in the context of world Christianity David M. Thompson
    2. The mystery of God in and through Hinduism Jacob Kavunkal
    3. Waters of life and Indian cups: Protestant attempts at theologising in India Israel Selvanayagam
    4. From abandonment to blessings: the theological presence of Christianity in Indonesia John A. Titaley
    5. Studying Christianity and doing theology Extra Ecclesiam in China Choong Chee Pang
    6. Christian theology under feudalism, nationalism and democracy in Japan Nozomu Miyahira
    7. The word and the spirit: overcoming poverty, injustice and division in Korea Sebastian C. H. Kim
    Part II. Theological Themes of Christianity in Asia:
    8. Religious pluralism, dialogue and Asian Christian responses M. Thomas Thangaraj
    9. Cross-textural hermeneutics and identity in multi-scriptural Asia Archie C. C. Lee
    10. Re-constructing Asian feminist theology: towards glocal feminist theology in an era of neo-empire(s) Namsoon Kang
    11. The ecumenical movement in Asia in the context of Asian socio-political realities S. Wesley Ariarajah
    12. Mission and evangelism: evangelical and pentecostal theologies in Asia Hwa Yung
    13. Subalterns, identity politics and Christian theology in India Sathianathan Clarke.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Asian American History
    • Christian Theologies of Religious PLuralism
    • History of World Christianity
    • Theology in the Global Context
    • World Christian Perspectives
  • Editor

    Sebastian C. H. Kim, York St John University
    Sebastian C. H. Kim is Professor of Theology and Public Life at the Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John University. His publications include In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India (2003).


    David M. Thompson, Jacob Kavunkal, Israel Selvanayagam, John A. Titaley, Choong Chee Pang, Nozomu Miyahira, Sebastian C. H. Kim, M. Thomas Thangaraj, Archie C. C. Lee, Namsoon Kang, S. Wesley Ariarajah, Asia Hwa Yung, Sathianathan Clarke

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