A Tale of Two Theologians: Treatment of Third World Theologies

By Ambrose Mong

A discussion of the challenges of liberation theology and religious pluralism, in dialogue with two leading Third World theologians.

ISBN: 9780227176580


In A Tale of Two Theologians, Ambrose Mong’s observant new work, he examines the writings of the Peruvian theologian Gustavo GutiĆ©rrez and the Indian theologian Michael Amaladoss, and gives fresh attention to their main concerns regarding evangelisation and the poor. Why, he asks, is GutiĆ©rrez’s liberation theology now accepted and celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church while Amaladoss’s Asian theology with a liberation thrust is threatened with censorship? Mong argues that the dwindling threat of Communism has made the Marxist overtones of Latin American liberation theology more palatable to the Catholic hierarchy, while the challenge of religious pluralism in Asia is as complex and emotive as ever.

How can the Church learn to balance the need for dialogue between religions with their duty to proclaim the Gospel? How can the Church inculturate itself in Asia while maintaining its identity? Ambrose Mong tackles these questions with the shrewd, clear-eyed view of an active priest and scholar, exploring the long, troubled relationship the Church has with liberation theology and offering guidance for the future.

Additional information

Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 206

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About the Author

Ambrose Mong, PhD, is assistant parish priest at St Theresa’s Church, Hong Kong and part-time lecturer and research associate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the chaplain to Spanish-speaking inmates at Hong Kong correctional institutions. His books include: Purification of Memory: A Study of Modern Orthodox Theologians from a Catholic Perspective, Accommodation and Acceptance: An Exploration in Interfaith Relations, Guns and Gospel: Imperialism and Evangelism in China, and Dialogue Derailed: Joseph Ratzinger’s War Against Pluralist Theology.


Foreword by Peter C. Phan
Preface and Acknowledgments


1. A Traditional Theologian
2. A New Presence
3. Christians and Communists
4. Orthodox Theology of Liberation
5. A Hindu-Christian
6. Symbolic Approach
7. Evangelisation
8. Christology

Epilogue: Convergence and Divergence



Endorsements and Reviews

These two volumes by the Dominican Ambrose Mong, a priest and lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, open up a rich vein of reflection about liberation theology and inter-religious dialogue in the non-Western World.
John Riches, in The Expository Times, Vol 129, No 10

… a fascinating book that presents, with a new perspective, how the third world theologies have been treated by the Roman Catholic Church. This book successfully attempts a twin task of explaining this treatment of third world theologies, particularly those that do not fit into Western systems, and offering a comparative study of Latin American and Asian theologies. Mong has beautifully woven together these two tasks in one book without losing focus.
Murathuraj Swamy, Director of Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, in Reading Religion, 11 April 2018