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. 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.
Inculturationis not just a means of evangelization but belongs to the heart of the church's evangelizing mission. it is not just a way of witnessing to Christ but of accomplishing and fulfilling his work of redemption. It is the continuation in time and space of the dialogue of salvation realized by God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. The incarnational economy of salvation means that the self-communication of God, definitively given to us in the incarnatio of his Son, is the paradigm of the saving presence and action of God in history. The inculturation of the Christian faith and life in the local Church is the historical actualization of Christ's salvation in the midst of every people. Evangelization will lose much of its power and efficacy, if it does not make use of people's language, their signs and symbols; i.e. if it does not reach and influence their way of life. After a brief introduction on the idea of culture, enculturation and acculturation in social anthropology, a theology of culture, symbol and language is treated in order to lead to the central subject-matter of the Christian theology of inculturation, which is articulated in themes such as revelation and culture, redemptive incarnation as an exemplary model of inculturation, Lay people and inculturation, missionary spirituality and inculturation. The final chapters deal with inculturation in the Indian Church, the meeting of the Gospel with Asian religions, cultures and aspirations for full humanity, and AsianChristian theology
This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable. Toward the Future of Reformed Theology brings together the voices of leading contemporary Reformed theologians from around the world, providing a unique summary of the range and wealth of Reformed theology today and exploring its potential for the future. These thirty-one essays consider the task of Reformed theology in the modern world, give Reformed perspectives on key theological themes, and suggest fruitful present-day trajectories of Reformed thought from the past. Contributors: Brian GerrishM Janos Pasztor Nobuo Watanabe Choan-Seng Song Edmund Za Bik Wafiq Wahba John de Gruchy J rgen Moltmann Michael Welker Beatriz Melano Thomas Torrance David Willis William Placher Alexander McKelway Leanne Van Dyk Christian Link Lukas Vischer Walter Herrenbr ck Nancy Duff Hans-Joachim Kraus John Leith Willem Balke Hans- Helmut Esser Dawn DeVries Jan Milic Lochman John Hesselink Sang Hyun Lee Amy Plantinga Pauw Bruce McCormack Daniel Migliore Eberhard Busch
This engaging encyclopedia covers the religions and religious traditions of various Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. • Promotes respect for cultural diversity by helping students learn about the religious traditions important to many Asian Americans • Highlights important information about countries, cultures, religious practices, and key figures in 50 sidebars • Examines a variety of religions in Southeast Asia • Includes contributions from American, European, and Asian scholars
Solidly theological, amply historical, thoroughly ecumenical, and remarkably current, Orlando Costas' 'Christ Outside the Gate' is the most succinct, yet comprehensive analysis of the missiological issues facing the church and the churches that has appeared in many years."" --Alan Neely, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest Learning and passion come together in Christ Outside the Gate to make it an outstanding contribution to missiology."" --Gabriel Fackre, Abbot Professor of Christian Theology, Andover Newton Theological School You have in your hands a new way of seeing missions--North America as a receiving country, the marginalized as the subject as well as object of missions, world evangelization with one foot in Melbourne and one foot in Pattaya. Few authors blend together so effectively so many worlds--evangelism and scholarship, northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere, sociology, and theology."" --Harvie M. Conn, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia Costas may well be or is on his way to becoming the ablest missiologist alive."" --Jorge Lara-Braud, Director, Council on Theology and Culture, Presbyterian Church in the U.S. Costas writes from the background of an Hispanic Evangelical, but goes far beyond the normal concerns of that tradition. In a series of far-ranging essays, he deals with virtually every aspect of the contemporary missiological debate in a manner that is usually balanced and always provocative. While some readers will violently question his views at certain points, all will be stimulated and challenged to think more deeply and participate more effectively in the total world mission to which God has called His Church."" --Paul E. Pierson, Fuller Theological Seminary 'Christ Outside the Gate' offers us a perspective of missions that focuses on the transition from paternalism to the contextualization of the Gospel."" --Oscar I. Romo, Director, Language Missions Division, Southern Baptist Convention Costas writes from the viewpoint of those who live on the periphery of society. He challenges Christians of all denominations to a renewed understanding of the Christ who 'suffered outside the gates.'"" --John T. Boberg, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Orlando E. Costas is also the author of 'Liberating News', 'The Integrity of Mission', and 'The Church and Its Mission'.
The South Asian Christian diaspora is largely invisible in the literature about religion and migration. This is the first comprehensive study of South Asian Christians living in Europe and North America, presenting the main features of these diasporas, their community histories and their religious practices. The South Asian Christian diaspora is pluralistic both in terms of religious adherence, cultural tradition and geographical areas of origin. This book gives justice to such pluralism and presents a multiplicity of cultures and traditions typical of the South Asian Christian diaspora. Issues such as the institutionalization of the religious traditions in new countries, identity, the paradox of belonging both to a minority immigrant group and a majority religion, the social functions of rituals, attitudes to language, generational transfer, and marriage and family life, are all discussed.
Everett and Evelyn McKinney have been Assemblies of God Missionaries to the Asia Pacific Region since 1969. Their first assignment, as appointed missionaries on the Philippine Field, was at Immanuel Bible Institute (1969-1975) where Everett served as president, business manager and faculty. Evelyn was the Academic Dean and a faculty member. From 1977 to 1984 Everett was the president of Far East Advanced School of Theology (FEAST and now Asia Pacific Theological Seminary - APTS) from 1977-1984; he also served as a faculty member at the institution. Evelyn was a faculty member and served as the Interim Academic Dean and Dean of Students for one year during their time at FEAST. Since 1987 to the present Everett and Evelyn have served as non-resident faculty at APTS. They have been Bible school educational consultants for the Asia Pacific Education Office (APEO) since 1988. Evelyn serves as the secretary for the Teacher Development & Certification Commission (TDCC) under the Asia Pacific Theological Association (APTA). Both Everett and Evelyn have been a tremendous blessing and encouragement to the Asia Pacific Region Bible schools as well as those in other parts of the world. Their wisdom, years of educational experience and advice are greatly appreciated and applied in various Bible school contexts! The have ministered in the Asia Pacific Region for 50 years and continue to do so. Everett and Evelyn have had a traveling teaching/preaching/seminary ministry since 1988. Within this time frame, they have ministered and taught in many places around the world (Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium; Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore, India; Evangel Theological Seminary, Kiev, Ukraine). God’s calling upon their lives has connected them with many church leaders and students. They walk in the Spirit, step out in faith and live their lives for the glory and honor of God. Students are very important to Everett and Evelyn. A few years ago they could have made the decision to retire from teaching, training and equipping students. But no! They kept going! And the continue to go around the world preparing students as laborers for the ripened harvest fields around the world. They continue to build strong relationships with their students and students love, respect, and honor Everett and Evelyn. —From the foreword by Weldyn B. Houger
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.