Asian Christian Theology
This groundbreaking book, authored by Asians from every part of the vast continent, will be standard reading for every Asian student of theology in the evangelical tradition for years to come. But its importance will inspire Asian evangelical scholars as well, and students and scholars from other ecclesial and theological traditions. Rooted in the tradition of the wider church, it embraces Asian methods and concerns in a generous, responsible, and creative way.
Stephen B. Bevans, PhD
Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture,
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois, USAThis groundbreaking book is not vaguely Christian nor parochially Asian. It is, rather, the effort of leading Asian theologians to articulate Christian faith in terms that are biblically rooted, committed to historic orthodoxy, contextually engaged, and suffused with evangelical zeal. As we continue in the “Asian Century,” the future of Christianity will be increasingly shaped by Asian Christians such as those writing in this volume. As this book shows, the future is bright because Asian Christianity is theologically rigorous and missiologically driven, something the Western churches would seriously benefit from imbibing. Well done to the editors Timoteo D. Gener and Stephen T. Pardue for assembling such a fine collection of essays by a sterling group of leading Asian theologians of Christ. This book is simply mandatory reading for anyone interested in theology from the global church, missions, cross-cultural ministry, or serving in multicultural settings.
Rev Michael F. Bird, PhD
Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology,
Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
Asian Christian Theology: Evangelical Perspectives is a groundbreaking selection of theological reflections from Asia. The sixteen authors represent a wide variety of Asian contexts and include pastors and church leaders as well as seminary professors, offering a historically informed biblical and evangelical take on Asian realities. The first section provides a competent survey of traditional theological themes in biblical and historical perspective. But it is the second section of articles on contextual topics that constitutes the special contribution of this book. Tackling key topics, often by means of compelling case studies – spirits, traditional cultures and identity, interfaith conversations, the public sphere – the authors show the exciting emergence of a truly Asian voice in theology. The editors aim to present a biblical faith for Asian believers; some of us hope and pray this solid presentation of Asian theology will also be readby North American (and European and African) believers. Asian Christian Theology makes an important contribution to that global conversation.
William Dyrness, PhD
Senior Professor of Theology and Culture,
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA
It is with enormous pride that I commend this book to you. We find here a much-needed compendium of contemporary evangelical thinking on many of the key theological issues that define Christianity in Asia today. It is a rare privilege to have, in one book, contributions from some of today’s outstanding Asian creative and biblical thinkers. May the insights found here trickle down to the churches and contribute to helping the growing church in Asia to mature in depth, relevance and national influence.
Ajith Fernando, ThM
Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka
Decentering the dominant strands of the Western theological tradition in the practice of evangelical theology is of utmost importance for its witness to the gospel among the people of every tribe and nation. This volume contributes admirably to that task by offering a rich and compelling collection of essays on a full range of theological topics and concerns from the perspectives of Asian evangelical theologians. As such, it makes a significant contribution to the formation of a global Christian faith that deserves to be widely read and contemplated, particularly by those interested in the future of evangelical theology.
John R. Franke, PhD
General Coordinator, The Gospel and Our Culture Network
Table of Contents
Introduction (Timoteo D. Gener and Stephen T. Pardue)
Part I: Doctrinal Themes
- 1. Divine Revelation and the Practice of Asian Theology (Timoteo D. Gener)
- 2. On the Doctrine of Scripture: An Asian Conversation (Havilah Dharamraj)
- 3. The Trinity in Asian Contexts (George N. Capaque)
- 4. Christology in Asia: Rooted and Responsive (Ivor Poobalan)
- 5. Creation, New Creation, and Ecological Relationships (Ken Gnanakan)
- 6. Lord and Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit among the Spirits in Asia (Wonsuk Ma)
- 7. Toward An Asian Evangelical Ecclesiology (Simon Chan)
- 8. Eschatology and Hope in Asia (Roland Chia)
- 9. A Theology of Suffering and Mission for the Asian Church (Kar Yong Lim)
- 10. Cultural Identity and Theology in Asia (Lalsangkima Pachuau)
- 11. Jesus and Other Faiths (Ivan Satyavrata)
- 12. God’s Basileia in Asia’s Res Publica: Situating the Sacred in Asia’s Public Sphere (Aldrin M. Peñamora)
- 13. Finding Home for the Unhomed: Helping Diaspora Communities Discover Identity and Belonging (Juliet Lee Uytanlet)
- 14. Hans Frei’s Typology of Theology for Religious Encounters in Asian Contexts (Kang-San Tan)
- 15. Theology in a Context of Radical Cultural Shift: A Chinese Reflection (Carver T. Yu)
- 16. Reconciliation and the Kingdom of God: Reflections from the Middle East (Salim J. Munayer)
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture