Frontiers of Asian Christian Theology: Emerging Trends

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The most important emerging themes and voices engaged in Asian Christian theology today. Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology provides the latest extension of interpretive trends reflected in earlier volumes, now unavailable, such as the classic Living Theology in Asia. Arranged thematically, Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology first captures the ongoing dialogue between the dominant theologies of Asia and the continent's subalterns: women, tribals, and "untouchables" such as Indian dalits and Japanese ...
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The most important emerging themes and voices engaged in Asian Christian theology today. Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology provides the latest extension of interpretive trends reflected in earlier volumes, now unavailable, such as the classic Living Theology in Asia. Arranged thematically, Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology first captures the ongoing dialogue between the dominant theologies of Asia and the continent's subalterns: women, tribals, and "untouchables" such as Indian dalits and Japanese burakumin. These essayists - including Kuribayashi Teruo, Arvind P. Nirmal, Nirmal Minz, and Chung Hyun Kyung - share the experience of those people who are treated as invisible non-entities who recover self-identity and self-validation in theological expression. The next group of essayists - among them Peter K. H. Lee, Choi Man Ja, Jyoti Sahi, Archie Lee Chi Chung, and Samuel Rayanprovide a wealth of stunning interpretive data in the uniquely Asian method of extra-textual hermeneutics. This perspective weaves Asian literary and non-literary resources into theology. Third, Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology offers examples of the narrative theology that is also a cultural outgrowth of Asia, including writings by Aloysius Pieris, Kwok Pui Lan, M. M. Thomas, Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, and Stanley J. Samartha. Their highly personal stories directly integrate lived experience with theology, which, as Sugirtharajah points out, is a prerequisite for any vibrant, dynamic theology. Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology concludes with essays that document some crucial contemporary issues for Asian theology. These include Wang Hsien Chi on Taiwanese homeland theology, Noh Jung Sun on Korean reunification, Felix Wilfred on human rights, Samuel Rayan on the environmental crisis, and Tissa Balasuriya on the responsibilities of the theologian in contexts of ethnic conflict.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780883449547
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Recovering Jesus for Outcasts in Japan 11
2 Toward a Christian Dalit Theology 27
3 A Theological Interpretation of the Tribal Reality in India 41
4 "Han-Pu-Ri": Doing Theology from Korean Women's Perspective 52
5 Dancing, Chi, and the Holy Spirit 65
6 Feminine Images of God in Korean Traditional Religion 80
7 Who is God for Us Today? 90
8 The Dragon, the Deluge, and Creation Theology 97
9 Wrestling in the Night 109
10 Lady Meng: A Liberative Play Using Common Folklore 130
11 Two Encounters in My Theological Journey 141
12 Mothers and Daughters, Writers and Fighters 147
13 My Pilgrimage in Mission 156
14 My Marriage is Not a Sacrament 161
15 Hindu-Christian Funeral 179
16 Some Perspectives on Homeland Theology in the Taiwanese Context 185
17 Theology of Reunification 196
18 The Language of Human Rights: An Ethical Esperanto? Reflections on Universal Human Rights from an Indian Third-World Context 206
19 Theological Perspectives on the Environmental Crisis 221
20 Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka and the Responsibility of the Theologian 236
Selected Annotated Bibliography 253
Index 259
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