In light of the recent proposal by Tony Siew concerning the need for a Asian Theology series and the subsequent brainstorming by Alex, it would also be good for me to highlight a very recent publication by Cambridge University Press on the title Christian Theology in Asia, edited by Sebastian Kim.
The publisher provides the description of this new publication:
"The majority of the world's Christians now live outside Europe and North America, and global Christianity is becoming increasingly diverse. Interest in the history and theology of churches in non-Western contexts is growing rapidly as 'old world' churches face this new reality. This book focuses on how Asian Christian theologies have been shaped by the interaction of Christian communities with the societies around them and how they relate to the specific historical contexts from which they have emerged. The distinctiveness of Asian Christianity is shown to be the outcome of dealing with various historical challenges."
"Questions addressed include:
- How does Asian Christianity relate to local socio-cultural, religious and political environments?
- What is distinctive about the historical development of Asian theologies?
- How have Asian theologies contributed to contemporary theological discussions within world Christianity?"
This book also:
- Explains the development of Christian theologies in India, Indonesia, China, Japan and South Korea
- Explores theological themes emerging from the Asian Christian experience
- Employs historical and theological methods to enable readers to grasp theology in context
The Table of Contents of this edited volume looks impressive with contribution from prominent theologians, as highlighted below:
I. Formation of Christian theologies in Asia
1. Introduction: mapping Asian Christianity in the context of world Christianity by David M. Thompson
2. The Mystery of God in and through Hinduism by Jacob Kavunkal
3. Waters of life and Indian cups: Protestant attempts at theologizing in India by Israel Selvanayagam
4. From abandonment to blessing: the theological presence of Christianity in Indonesia by John A. Titaley
5. Studying Christianity and doing theology extra ecclesiam in China by Choong Chee Pang
6. Christian theology under feudalism, nationalism and democracy in Japan by Nozomu Miyahira
7. The word and the spirit: overcoming poverty, injustice and division in Korea by Sebastian C. H. Kim
II. Theological themes of Christianity in Asia
8. Religious pluralism, dialogue and Asian Christian responses by M. Thomas Thangaraj
9. Cross-textual hermeneutics and identity in multi-scriptural Asia by Archie C. C. Lee
10. Re-constructing Asian feminist theology: toward a glocal feminist theology in an era of neo-Empire(s) by Namsoon Kang
11. The ecumenical movement in Asia in the context of Asian socio-political realities by S. Wesley Ariarajah
12. Mission and evangelism: evangelical and pentecostal theologies in Asia by Hwa Yung
13. Subalterns, identity politics and Christian theology in India by Sathianathan Clarke
An excerpt from the Introduction is also available by clicking here.
I am looking forward in getting hold of this book when it arrives in the seminary library.