The rethinking of Christianity has a long tradition in Asia. This volume explores current theological trends and shifts in the perception of Christianity, mainly in China, Japan and Korea. The contributions come from east and west alike and address the question of the emergent shape of Christianity in the light of the experience of marginality and the search for identity. The theologies that play on the streets (for example Korean folklore and the Minjung Congregation Movement, the Buraku of Japan, the Confucian Christ in China and its so-called Culture Christians) are represented as well as programmatic theological discourses struggling with globalization and hegemonic images of Christ. Some of the contributors such as Kim Yong-Bock and R.S. Sugirtharajah are themselves exponents of new ways of Christian thought.
The Editors: Werner Ustorf is Professor of Mission at the Department of Theology of Birmingham University. He had been teaching previously at Hamburg and Heidelberg universities. His research interest is the history of the missionary movement. Currently his missiological focus is on western culture. Toshiko Murayama from Japan is a doctoral research student at Birmingham's Department of Theology. She had been coordinating the Centre for the Study of North East Asian Missiology (Birmingham) from 1997 to 1999.
Peter Lang AG
Date of Publication
Studien zur Interkulturellen Geschichte des Christentums/Etudes d'Histoire Interculturelle de Christianisme/Studies in the Intercultural History of Christianity