Grassroots Asian Theology

Simon Chan explores Asian Christianity at its grassroots, sustaining level and finds a vibrant, implicit theology that is authentically Asian. More than a survey, this is a serious and constructive contribution to Asian theology.

Grassroots Asian Theology

A dynamic chapter of church history is now being written in Asia. But the theological inflections at its heart are not well understood by outsiders. The published voices of elite academic theologians have drowned out the cadences of Christian faith as it is spoken, lived and prayed in the homes and churches of Tokyo or Shanghai or Madras. Now, in Grassroots Asian Theology, Simon Chan examines Asian Christianity at its daily, sustaining level. There he uncovers a vibrant theology that is authentically Asian and truly engaging. More than a mere survey, Grassroots Asian Theology makes a serious and constructive contribution to Asian theology. Organizing his discussion under leading themes of Christian theology, Chan looks at how Christians have grappled with their living faith in the context of Asian cultures and societies. Then, drawing on the church's broader tradition, he points the way forward. Chan not only probes and informs, he leads and challenges readers across cultures to receive, live and communicate an authentic Christian faith. This is a significant book for both outsiders and insiders to Asian Christianity, as well as those interested in the broader horizons of global theology. Chan reminds us that authentic theologies are grounded in particular peoples, places and cultures.

Asian Christian Theology

Chan, Spiritual Theology, 42. 34. . Simon Chan, Grassroots Asian Theology (
Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014), 48. 35. . Sathianathan Clarke, “The Task,
Method, and Content of Asian Theologies,” in Asian Theology on the Way, ed.

Asian Christian Theology

Asian Christian Theology provides a survey of contextually reflective, robustly evangelical theology for students to engage with the core doctrines of Christianity and their outworking in different cultures across Asia. The contributors of the chapters come from all corners of Asia to systematically examine traditional doctrinal themes and contemporary concerns for the Asian church. Ideal for use as a companion textbook in Asian seminaries and institutions, this book will also provide excellent further reading for those outside of Asia seeking global theological perspectives, and for those in contexts of significant Asian diaspora. Many excellent books surveying theology exist, but this book is a major step forward for students and scholars seeking to understand the dynamic environment of evangelical theology in Asia.

Cultural Integration and the Gospel in Vietnamese Mission Theology

they introduce an authentic “flavor” into global ecumenical Christianity, and
challenge the issue of how theology ought to be done in an Asian context. See
Nguyen KimSon, “Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground
Up,” ...

Cultural Integration and the Gospel in Vietnamese Mission Theology

Postcolonial Vietnam has an urgent need for contextualized theology of mission, God, Christ, and the church that is rooted in indigenous cultural traditions and the dual Vietnamese spirit of resistance and assimilation. Dr KimSon Nguyen navigates the religio-cultural dimensions of Vietnamese spirituality and Daoism that have hindered the assimilation of the Christian faith in the Vietnamese context and explores a fresh approach to missiology in Vietnam. Dr Nguyen draws upon his deep knowledge of Vietnamese evangelical history to analyze contextualization and mission theology in Vietnam. He proposes an evangelical theology of God as Ðạo (way / 道), the centrality of the Vietnamese home as the “house of the Lord,” and ancestor veneration as a theological framework for an indigenous theology of the family. Narrowing the gap between culturally removed evangelical missionary practice and widespread syncretistic spirituality in Vietnam, Nguyen calls for a paradigm shift in Vietnamese mission theology that is both robustly evangelical and authentically Vietnamese.

Understanding Korean Christianity

Grassroot Perspectives on Causes, Culture, and Responses K. Kale Yu ... 36 As
Simon Chan and others have noted, the problematic relationship Asian
theologians have with Western theological frameworks reinforces an elitist
discourse that ...

Understanding Korean Christianity

The cultural landscape plays a momentous role in the transmission of Christianity. Consequently, the global expansion of the church has led to the increasing diversification of world Christianity. As a result, scholars are turning more and more to native cultures as the point of focus. This study examines how this new discourse evolved as well as presenting a missional methodology based on the study of the native landscapes of Korea. Kale Yu argues that the process of formulating and communicating Christianity was less consistent than is usually supposed. By immersing the reader in the thought and lived experience of various Korean contexts, Professor Yu recreates the diversity of cultural landscapes experienced by Korean Christians of different periods in history. The result is a new interpretation of cross-cultural missional interactions.

Asian Theology on the Way

However, rather than retreading the paths of Asian theology, this reader is more
about following the furrows. It is about ... with theologizing in the Asian context,
such as 'theology from the grassroots' and 'theology from the dusty soil' by Wilfred
.

Asian Theology on the Way

This book provides an introduction to theological thought on the Asian continent. It is ecumenical in scope with emphasis on the contemporary concerns within Asian theology and some attention to the development of these theologies. Regional and subject specialists will capture the ongoing conversation on Asian theology, incorporating new emphases, thrusts and trends, thus making the book a fresh and engaging introduction to Christian theology in Asia.

Introducing Asian Feminist Theology

Introduction This book introduces the history, critical issues and direction of
feminist theology in Asia. As a grassroots movement, Asian feminist theology
began when Asian women gathered to discuss the Bible and their faith in the
contexts of ...

Introducing Asian Feminist Theology

Asian women comprise more than a quarter of the world's population, and the forms in which they express feminist theology are many and varied, extending through grassroots movements, theological networks, ecumenical conferences and journals. Those involved in the process include community organizers, theological students, church leaders and social activists, among whom even the concept 'feminism' assumes many definitions and substitutes. Kwok Pui-lan's introduction to this huge subject begins with a survey of the social, political and cultural contexts of Asian women's experiences, and then traces the emergence of feminist consciousness and the organization of women's networks. She describes the resources of Asian feminist theology and the appropriation of Asian religious traditions, and considers the reconstructions of the concept of God in inclusive categories. Finally, she summarizes Asian women's critique of the patriarchal church and outlines the search for a new spirituality that express women's embodiedness and sexuality.

Doing Theology at the Grassroots

which makes commitment the first act of theology and engages in critical
reflection on the reality of the Third World . " How radical this break is can be
gathered from this elaboration by the Asian theologians : To be truly liberating ,
this theology ...

Doing Theology at the Grassroots


Constructing Irregular Theology

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 ...

Constructing Irregular Theology

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

Asia s Struggle for Full Humanity

Towards a Relevant Theology : Papers from the Asian Theological Conference,
January 7-20, 1979, Wennappuwa, ... and (3) they are remolded or converted
from the petty-bourgeois to a truly liberated grassroots consciousness and
lifestyle.

Asia s Struggle for Full Humanity


Asian Christian Theologians in Dialogue with Buddhism

Lastly , and perhaps most importantly , there is a need to understand better what
is happening at the grassroots level of dialogue in Asia . How is the liberation
theology proposed by Pieris and the others being lived out in the basic human ...

Asian Christian Theologians in Dialogue with Buddhism

This book is a study of three of Asia's most respected contemporary theologians - Kosuke Koyoma, Choan-Seng Song, and Aloysius Pieris. It gives an introduction to Asian Buddhism and the Christian dialogue with Buddhists in Asia. Furthermore, it examines the work of each theologian in detail, looking at the method and content of their dialogue, and outlining its impact upon their respective theologies. The book provides a critique of their dialogue and engages with the theological issues that have emerged. In areas such as religious identity, theological method and liberation theology it is shown that their conversation with Buddhism contributes to the development of a genuinely Asian theology, and moreover raises important challenges to the worldwide theological community, churches and to those engaged in interreligious dialogue.

Theological Reflection on Asia s Struggle for Full Humanity

Papers from the Asian Theological Conference, Jan. 7-20, 1979, Wennaappuwa,
Sri Lanka Virginia Fabella, Jack Clancey, John Ma. religious and laity who work
among the grassroots as community organizers or reflection facilitators .

Theological Reflection on Asia s Struggle for Full Humanity


Contemporary Asian Christian Theology

He took a leading part in the Philippine National Preparation at Cebu -
Malaybalay for the Asian Theological Conference at ... Modified version , see :
Abesamis , “ Faith and Life Reflections from the grassroots in the Philippines " ,
Asia ...

Contemporary Asian Christian Theology

Articles.

An Introduction to Asian Theology

A Filipino Roman Catholic theologian , Carol Abesamis , said : ' The
conscientized grassroot poor can produce a relevaot theology for Asia . ' I have
also highlighted how a seminary in Malaysia is attempting to participate in doing
theology .

An Introduction to Asian Theology


An Asian Theology of Liberation

There is a crisis There is a widening gap between missionaries , church
structures and the grassroots . There is a growing concern and debate about
relations between mission , evangelization , development , conscientization and
liberation .

An Asian Theology of Liberation


Struggle to be the Sun Again

Many Asian theologians concluded that any meaningful theology in their setting
had to be created out of their own ... EACC / CCA's main theological concern was
to articulate an Asian theology out of grassroots people's life experiences .

Struggle to be the Sun Again


Ethnicity Nationality and Religious Experience

Like other Liberation theologies , Asian Liberation theologies emphasize the
need of a social analysis as an integral part ... and more importantly , of
immediate impact on local churches at the grassroots level , is the fact that Asian
theologians ...

Ethnicity  Nationality and Religious Experience

The contributors to this volume investigate the ways in which religious experience is shaped by the new ethnic, national, and global contexts. Contents: Ethnicity and Nationality as Contexts for Religious Experience; "Love the Stranger; Remember when you were Strangers in Egypt"; The Historical Relativity of Jesus' Experience of God; One Woman's Body: Repression and Expression in the Passio Perpetuae; Method in the Cur Deus Scandal: Shaking the Foundations?; Toward an Understanding of Prejudice: Contributions from Paul Ricoeur's Theory of Narrative; Ethnicity and Religious Experience in the Social Ethics of Gibson Winter; Philippine National Sovereignty and the U.S. Bases: An Ethical Analysis Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching; Parallels in Cultural and Individual Development; No Generic Spirituality: Ethnicity and the Spiritual Journey; Woman as Mediator of the Divine: Sor Juana's Celebration of Mary; Popular Religiosity and Sacramentality: Learning from Hispanics a Deeper Sense of Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament; Ethnicity, Experience and Theology: An Asian Liberation Perspective; The Death of National Symbols: Roman Catholicism in Quebec; Being Church Today: Reflections on the Journey of the Church in Holland. Co-published with the College Theology Society.

Ethics

Liberation specifically highlights the political and theological visions and activism
(praxis) practiced by those whose works are grounded in grassroots movements
in various Asian regions. Many theologians of liberation are from South Korea, ...

Ethics

This survey text for religious ethics and theological ethics courses explores how ethical concepts defined as liberationist, which initially was a Latin American Catholic phenomenon, is presently manifest around the globe and within the United States across different racial, ethnic, and gender groups. Authored by several contributors, this book elucidates how the powerless and disenfranchised within marginalized communities employ their religious beliefs to articulate a liberationist/liberative religious ethical perspective. Students will thus comprehend the diversity existing within the liberative ethical discourse and know which scholars and texts to read and will encounter practical ways to further social justice.

Ecclesia of Women in Asia

By and large, the context presentations will enable us to found a base on which a
feminist theology that is specific to the society and Church of Asia can be
constructed. Within this framework of grassroots Asian context-connectedness,
we shall ...

Ecclesia of Women in Asia

Papers presented at the Conference of Ecclesia of Women in Asia: Gathering the Voices of the Silenced, held at Bangkok in November 2002.