The purpose of this paper is to study Kosuke Koyama (1929-2009), one of the foremost Asian Christian theologians of the 20th century. His theology and missiology are narratively rooted in the Biblical soils and contextually flowered in the Asian fields. Therefore, this article is written in great appreciation for the missionary labours and theological thoughts he had done with joy. The paper is divided into three parts. In the first part, I examine Koyama’s biographical backgrounds. In the second part, I explore his key hermeneutics of a theology of the cross and how he employed it for a missiological interpretation of hospitality in a hostile context. Finally, I evaluate Koyama’s theological position through the contemporary lens of a religiously pluralistic world.
Irvin and Akinade‘Rejoicing in Hope’138. In the preface to Water Buffalo Theology Koyama himself talked about the shift of his theological conversation with Aquinas and Barth to his theological conversion with the Thai farmers xvi.
KoyamaWater Buffalo Theology109. See also Kenneth Fleming Asian Christian Theologians in Dialogue with Buddhism New York: Peter Lang 2002 76. Since Fleming deals with several Asian theologians see especially pp. 69-132 for the theology of Koyama.