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ISBN: 9781839730740
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 20
Publication Date: 14/09/2022
Pages: 378
Series: Foundations in Asian Christian Thought
Language: English

Asian Christian Ethics

Evangelical Perspectives


Asian Christian Ethics provides an introduction for students to a range of key topics related to Christian ethics in Asia. Fifteen Christian scholars from across Asia and from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds demonstrate how to think theologically and contextually about key ethical issues, as well as describe best practices in Christian moral formation. Ideal for use as a companion textbook in Asian seminaries and institutions as well as the wider Asian diaspora, readers will be introduced to a wide range of topics all while upholding the authority of the Bible, the centrality of Christ, and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Author Bios

Aldrin M. Peñamora
(Edited By)

ALDRIN M. PEÑAMORA earned his PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary, California, USA. He is the Executive Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission and PCEC Theological Commission. He is also Executive Director of the PCEC-affiliated Center for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations, and teaches theology and ethics at Asia Graduate School of Theology, International Graduate School of Leadership and Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines.

Bernard K. Wong
(Edited By)

BERNARD K. WONG is President and S. Y. King Associate Professor of China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong. He gained his PhD in Christian Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Illinois, USA. An ordained Pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Hong Kong, Dr. Wong also serves as a Board Member of the Asia Theological Association.


This is a rich collection of reflections by gifted Asian scholars. It is a gift to all of us who care about how obedience to the gospel can take shape in the diversity of Asian contexts.

Richard Mouw
President Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary, California, USA

This collection of essays is a valuable work that demonstrates how Asian Christian ethicists are engaging their contexts seriously and discerning how to live faithful, integrated lives as the disciples of Christ.

Rev. David Doong, PhD
General Secretary, Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelism

This wonderful collection of essays takes the intimidatingly large category of Asian Christian ethics and beautifully brings it home in contexts that give new life to Christian moral reflection.

Jonathan Tran, PhD
Baines Chair of Religion, Baylor University, Texas, USA

True to the Evangelical tradition, this work is Bible-centered while at the same time deeply conscious of and sensitive to the cultural and contextual situation of Asian societies.

Felix Wilfred, PhD
Emeritus Professor, State University of Madras, India

This book is an important contribution; not only relevant to the Asian context but also to trans-contextual conversations of doing Christian ethics in a world today that is full of unending conflicts and entangled complex causes that cannot be resolved with simplistic answers.

Rev. Sivin Kit, PhD
Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations, The Lutheran World Federation

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction: The Quest for an Asian Evangelical Ethics
  4. Aldrin M. Peñamora and Bernard K. Wong
  5. Part 1: Ethical Way of Life
  6. Chapter 1: Identity, Local Wisdom, and Moral Formation
    1. Ethics of Embrace, Embodiedness, and Christoformation
    2. Florian M. P. Simatupang
  7. Chapter 2: “Water is Thicker Than Blood”
    1. Family in the Changing Landscape
    2. Bernard K. Wong
  8. Chapter 3: “Honor Your Father and Your Mother”
    1. Confucius and Jesus on Filial Obligations
    2. ShinHyung Seong
  9. Chapter 4: Faithful Living
    1. Life in the Marketplace
    2. Jean Lee
  10. Chapter 5: Corruption and Bribery
    1. Hwa Yung
  11. Chapter 6: Human Dignity
    1. A Standard for Christian Life and Ministry
    2. Kiem-Kiok Kwa
  12. Chapter 7: Ethics of Suffering for Asian Religiosity
    1. Dick O. Eugenio
  13. Chapter 8: The Way of the Cross and the Good Life
    1. Evangelical Virtue Ethics in Asia
    2. Aldrin M. Peñamora
  14. Part 2: Ethics in the World
  15. Chapter 9: God’s Story of Life
    1. Themes for an Asian Creation Care Ethics
    2. Athena E. Gorospe
  16. Chapter 10: A Prophetic Voice in the Wilderness
    1. Church, Political Engagement, and Public Theology
    2. Agnes Chiu
  17. Chapter 11: Homosexuality in Twenty-First Century Asia
    1. The Case of Taiwan
    2. Shang Jen-Chen
  18. Chapter 12: The Eye of the Needle
    1. Wealth and Poverty
    2. Vinoth Ramachandra
  19. Chapter 13: Renewed Action for Age-Old Concerns
    1. Caste and Indian Christian Ethics
    2. Nigel Ajay Kumar
  20. Chapter 14: The Mission of the Church
    1. Just Peacemaking and Reconciliation
    2. Rula Khoury Mansour
  21. Chapter 15: Religious Pluralism
    1. How Should Asian Christians Behave That Just Peace May Prevail?
    2. Paulus S. Widjaja
  22. Contributors


Shang-Jen Chen

Agnes Chiu

Athena E. Gorospe

ATHENA E. GOROSPE holds a PhD in Theology (Old Testament) from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and is Associate Professor at Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines where she teaches in the areas of Old Testament, Hebrew language, and Theology. As an Asian scholar-activist, her research interests lie in the area of Scripture’s interface with philosophy, culture, and social transformation.

Shin Hyung Seong

Kiem-Kiok Kwa

KIEM-KIOK KWA teaches in the areas of missions and interdisciplinary studies at Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore. She is a lawyer by training and has a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky, USA.

Jean Lee

Rula Khoury Mansour

RULA KHOURY MANSOUR has a PhD in Peace Studies and Theology from Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK. A lawyer and a theologian, she serves as an independent conflict resolution specialist and is the Director of Peace Studies at Nazareth Evangelical College, Israel. She is also a lecturer in the PhD program at the International Graduate School of Leadership, Quezon City, Philippines. Having earned her law degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, she worked as a public prosecutor for thirteen years and was the first Palestinian to be appointed deputy head of a public prosecution office in Israel. Rula and her husband, Bader, live in Nazareth with their three sons, Adi, Rami and Sami.

Vinoth Ramachandra

VINOTH RAMACHANDRA lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He holds both a B.S. (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of London. An Anglican lay-theologian, writer, teacher and human rights advocate, he combines multiple interests in his international work with IFES, a global partnership of over 150 university-level Christian movements.

Florian M. P. Simatupang

Paulus Widjaja

Hwa Yung

HWA YUNG is bishop emeritus of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. Among his many roles, he has served as a pastor and bishop within the Methodist Church, and as principal of Malaysia Theological Seminary. He has also been involved with various international ministries, including as chair for the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies’ council of trustees and a member of the International Board of the Lausanne Movement.

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