The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology [NOOK Book]

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For Centuries, tension has existed between the East and West. There appears to be a hierarchy of cultures with the West perceiving the East as inferior, so much so that it is referred to simply as "the Other." Because today's world is globally interdependent, inter-woven, and integrative, it is pertinent to be open to the cultural, spiritual, and religious understandings of the East. One key concept that links East to the West is Spirit, a basic religious dictum in many world religions. This book examines the ...
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Overview

For Centuries, tension has existed between the East and West. There appears to be a hierarchy of cultures with the West perceiving the East as inferior, so much so that it is referred to simply as "the Other." Because today's world is globally interdependent, inter-woven, and integrative, it is pertinent to be open to the cultural, spiritual, and religious understandings of the East. One key concept that links East to the West is Spirit, a basic religious dictum in many world religions. This book examines the striking resemblance between the Eastern concept of Chi and the Western Christian understanding of the Holy Spirit and opens the door for greater communication and dialogue about the Other. As Christianity seeks to renew its role and purpose in North America, this new pneumatology will help strengthen and help build the Reign of God as it embraces, welcomes, and accepts the Other.
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"Are there correlations between the Holy Spirit of the Christian tradition and the Chi of the Asian traditions? In tackling this huge and complex question Kim boldly and provocatively opens up whole new vistas on pneumatology and shows that in our global age theology can no longer be done from just one, up to now Eurocentric and androcentric, perspective. We are all in Kim's debt for this enlightening and enriching theological adventure." - Peter C. Phan, The Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Theology Department, Georgetown University

"Any pluralist Christian may draw energy and insight from Kim's comparative theology of Chi. She offers a spirited strategy, always clear and hopeful, for at once decolonizing our old exclusivism and empowering a fresh and healing planetary cooperation." - Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew Theological School; author of On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process

"The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other is well researched, theologically creative, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural. The book is rich in both content and meaning. Kim's sophisticated treatment of the Spirit is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Global Theology. This book will be extremely useful for students and scholars in religious studies, theology, and cultural studies. It is a telling testimony to Kim's intellectual vitality, fine scholarship, and daring originality." - Akintunde E. Akinade, Visiting Professor of Theology, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Doha, Qatar

"It is in taking just such a wide angle view of its subject, and doing it with considerable attention to detail, that The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other maps out a rich landscape for further exploration. It will be an excellent resource for students and teachers, and a very helpful point of departure for scholars in theology, religious studies, and social and cultural criticism." - Stephen Simmons, Moravian Theological Seminary

"Whether one agrees ultimately with Kim, The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other does the hard work of bringing Christian theology into dialogue with Eastern traditions. In an increasingly shrinking global village, Christians can no longer avoid doing theology only with Western resources. Kim provides one model of how this essential work is to be done. May many others take up this important task." - Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology, Regent University School of Divinity

"I highly recommend Kim's work as a fine piece of the kind of contextual theology we very much need today in the area of the Holy Spirit and Chi, given the widespread awareness and culture of Chi in so many parts of the world, especially in East Asia. She should be complimented on a very promising pioneering work." - Anselm K. Min, Dean and John D. and Lilian Maguire Distinguished Professor of Religion, The School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230359635
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 571 KB

Meet the Author

GRACE JI-SUN KIM Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology at Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, USA.
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Table of Contents

Chi
Chi and the Holy Spirit
Chi of the Other
Chi and Self
Living with Your Chi
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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    New Look at Enriching our Idea of the Holy Spirit

    Dr. Kim's book addresses the post-colonial dialectic between the center versus the marginal, the coming together versus the preservation of identity, and what insights that Eastern understandings of Chi (wind, breath) can offer to our often neglected third of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Feminist and other contextualist theologies devalue the un-knowable, transcendental aspects of Christian philosophy, inherited from Plato, and sustained up until Kant's critique. They also abhor the negation of self found in Kenosis. To preserve the self and celebrate the praxis required by the conditions in which we find ourselves, Dr. Kim raises the banner of the ancient disciplines of China, India, Japan, and Korea in understanding that way in which the spirit acts on and with us. The Christian scriptures say much about the healing power of the spirit, yet they say not one jot or tittle regarding how it is that happens, possibly due to the scripture's devaluing the physical, the "flesh". Eastern thought never makes that separation, so it devotes deep thought to Chi as a vital spirit, and thousands of years of praxis on physical disciplines treating the "whole person" such as acupuncture and Tai Chi.

    Please note: I am a student of Dr. Kim, and I assisted to some extent in helping to edit this book.

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