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We, Asian Christians, should be frank and honest about our own spiritual, religious, and cultural traditions to fully confess that they are important parts of our own identity, functioning as native religious languages or spiritual DNA. Any Christian identity disconnected from one’s own people, community, and collective identity is not only inappropriate but also false. To articulate our Christian identity in the fullest way, we should critically appreciate the symbols and the metaphors of our religions and cultures and apply to our theological thinking; namely, owning up of our own metaphors. This does not entail merely a translation of Western Christianity into our religious languages, or a speculative syncretism of multiple religious traditions, but a confession of the integrated Christian selfhood in the network of our own community.

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Asian and Oceanic Christianities in Conversation

Exploring Theological Identities at Home and in Diaspora

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The old contrast between “universal” and “local” is now collapsing, but a new paradigm has yet to be defined. The contributors claim that the questions they raise will help redraw the lines of demarcation each in a unique way. Their collaborative result is a re-submission of the century-old question regarding “the essence of Christianity,” and the readers will hear answers to this question resounding in polyphonic voices. The book will make a unique contribution to the scholarship by constructing a common forum connecting diasporic Asians and Oceanians who live and work in regions around the Pacific Ocean. Publication in the field of theology has been thick on the American side of the Pacific, and the agenda of discussion are shaped largely in accordance with the concerns of those living on the North-American continent and in British Isles. Theologians living on the other side of the Pacific, while in daily contact with the multi-religious realities that beg theological attention, sometimes lack means of engaging in sustained discussion with other theologians who are similarly struggling to gain insights into different cultural contexts. This book will provide a shared ground for reflection and discussion.