A collection of essays exploring the development of the Asian theology of minjung, and its role and influence in global Christian thinking.
Series: 50 Key Words Series
Trade Information: JPOD
Available as: Paperback, PDF
Specifications: 229x153mm (9x6in), 372pp
Published: April 2010
Published: June 2014
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.
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.
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