Asian Contextual Theology for the Third Millennium: Theology of Minjung in Fourth-Eye Formation

By Paul S. Chung, Veli Matti Karkkainen and Kim Kyoung-Jae (editors)

A collection of essays exploring the development of the Asian theology of minjung, and its role and influence in global Christian thinking.

ISBN: 9780227173312


In this volume, an attempt is undertaken to highlight the genesis, progress, and transformation of the Asian contextual theology of minjung, introducing its historical point of departure, its development, and its transformation in light of younger Korean and Korean-American scholars’ endeavors.

This new emerging theology strives to integrate both minjung and the wisdom of World Religions into its own framework and direction, assuming the character of a public theology and remaining humble and open before God’s mystery while featuring its association with minjung in a holistic way.

The heart of the book is made up of the contributions of Korean scholars. However, to add to its international character, the editors have included essays by North American and European theologians as well. Many of us are happy in this way to make any contribution we can to revitalizing discussion between progressive Korean theologians and the West.
From the Foreword by John B. Cobb Jr.

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Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 372

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About the Author

Paul S. Chung is Associate Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Luther Seminary, Minnesota. He regularly publishes articles in religious journals, and is the author of Martin Luther and Buddhism (2002). He is primarily interested in extending and deepening the horizons of Reformation theology in an Asian interreligious context.


Foreword by John B. Cobb, Jr

Introduction by Paul S. Chung

Part I: Asian Contextual Theology and Minjung Praxis
1. Christian Theology and Its Participation in the Social Historical Realm / Kim Chai-Choon
2. Is Dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity Possible? – From a Christian Perspective / Kim Chai-Choon
3. Jesus and Ochlos in the Context of His Galilean Ministry / Ahn Byung-Mu
4. Missio Dei and Two Stories in Coalescence / Suh Nam-Dong
5. Minjung Theology for the Ruling Classes / Jürgen Moltmann
6. Minjung and Asian Pentecostals / Koo D. Yun

Part II: Asian Contextual Theology and Interfaith Diapraxis
7. A Mapping of Asian Liberative Theology in Quest for the Mystery of God amidst the Minjung Reality and World Religions / Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
8. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Seen from Asian Minjung Theology and the Fourth Eye of Socially Engaged Buddhism / Paul S. Chung
9. Christianity and Culture: A Hermeneutic of Mission Theology in an East Asian Context / Kim Kyoung-Jae
10. Pneumatological Perspectives on World Religions: The Cosmic Spirit and Ch’i / Koo D. Yun
11. The Christian Witness to Buddhists / John B. Cobb, Jr

Part III: Asian Contextual Theology in Dialogue with Judaism
12. Why the Talmud Interests Me as a Christian / Friedrich-Wilhelm Marquardt
13. Recent Developments in the Jewish-Christian Relationship in Europe after the Shoah / Andreas Pangritz
14. Jewish and Christian Theology: The Essence of Christian Theology from the Perspective of the Aggadic Tradition of Judaism / Choi In-Sik
15. The Mystery of God and Tao in Jewish-Christian-Taoist Context / Paul S. Chung

Part IV: Asian Contextual Theology in a Multi-Religious Tapestry
16. Christianity and the Religious World of East Asians: The Principle of Three Religions as One / Chung Dai-Wi
17. A Conception of an Ecological Theology of Spirit and Ch’i / Kim Kyoung-Jae
18. Mission and Inculturation in the Thought of Matteo Ricci / Paul S. Chung
19. The Korean Self-Understanding of God from the Perspective of Donghak and Its Thought of the God Experience / Kim Kyoung-Jae
20. Global Ethic for a New World Order / Hans Küng

Epilogue by Craig L. Nessan



Endorsements and Reviews

Minjung theology is the first liberation theology to come from Asia, with critical questions put to the First World, and questions too challenging the modernization of South Korea according to Western standards. … Minjung theology is … a contextual theology of the suffering people in Korea, and is therefore open for people all over the world, the people of God’s kingdom whom Jesus called blessed.
Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tübingen, Germany

Specialists in the field will want to include this volume in their library.
Beau Pihlaja, in Theological Book Review

… this book makes a useful contribution to Asian contextual theology which serious researchers cannot afford to bypass.
Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar, United Theological College, Bangalore, in Theology