The project of constructing Asian irregular theology in East Asian perspective, based on life-word of Bamboo and social political reality of minjung, embraces Dr. Chung’s cross-cultural existence as he develops his long-standing interest and expertise in Christian minjung theology in new ways with the image of bamboo as a symbol for the theological perspective of grass roots marginality. Using the ancient Chinese story “The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove,” Dr. Chung engages with Christian eschatological discourse to support an aesthetical-utopian theological ethics that is opposed to an ethics concerned with legitimation of a socio-economic status quo. In addition, Dr. Chung’s develops his deep commitment to the Lutheran theology of the cross and the suffering Christ through the Buddhist concept of dukkha (suffering) to create, in the end, a genuinely East Asian contextual theology
About the Author
Paul S. Chung, Dr.Theol. (1992) in Systematic Theology, University of Basel, Switzerland, is Associate Professor at Luther Seminary, St Paul (MN), USA. He has published extensively on Western Protestant theology from East Asian perspective including Martin Luther and Buddhism: Aesthetics of Suffering, 2nd.ed. (Pickwick, 2007).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments ... viiIntroductionAsian Irregular Theology: Inculturation and Emancipation ... 11. Justification and Self-CultivationChristian Faith and Buddhist Enlightenment ... 272. God and the Mysterious Place of the WorldJudeo-Christian Narrative in Engagement with the Mystery of Tao ... 493. God the TrinityAn Interfaith Reframing of the Trinity with an Asian face ... 814. Christian MissionMatteo Ricci and his Legacy for Christian–Confucian Renewal ... 1035. Religious PluralismAsian Christianity and Life Horizon of World Religions ... 1316. God and EvolutionGod and Sunyata in an Evolutionary Context ... 157 7. The Future of Irregular Theology in East AsiaAsian Contextual Theology: Past, Present, and Future ... 185 Glossary of Terms ... 211Bibliography ... 217Index ... 225