This book provides a comprehensive exploration of Asian Christianity and Theology, with emphasis on how it has developed in different parts of the continent and in the different eras, especially since the end of colonialism in Asia.
Asian Theology refers to a unique way of theological reflection characterized by specific methodologies that evolved in postcolonial Asia. Premised on the thinking of Asian Church leaders and scholars, its focus is on the dialogue with the many cultures (inculturation), many religions (interreligious dialogue), and many poor (integral liberation) of Asia. The book looks at each of these ministries in detail, foregrounding Asian biblical hermeneutics, Christianity’s engagement with Hinduism, Confucianism, and Islam, Asian Women’s Theology, and the rise of Pentecostalism.
The volume is valuable reading for scholars of religious studies, theology, world Christianity, Asian religions, and Asian studies.
Table of Contents
1 Asian Culture and Religions
2 History of Christianity in Asia
3 Asian Theological Methodologies
4 Asian Theology of Inculturation
5 Asian Theology of Interreligious Dialogue
6 Asian Theology of Liberation
7 Asian Biblical Hermeneutics
8 Christianity Engages the Asian Religions
9 Asian Women’s Theology
10 Pentecostalism in Asia
Edmund Kee-Fook Chia is on the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy of Australian Catholic University and serves as Honorary Fellow at the University of Divinity (Melbourne) and Visiting Researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). He previously headed the interreligious dialogue office of the Asian Bishops (1996–2004) and taught at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, USA (2004–2011). He is the author of World Christianity Encounters World Religions (2018) and editor of Confucianism and Christianity (2021) and Interfaith Dialogue: Global Perspectives (2016).