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In: Christian Identity in Cross-Cultural Perspective
In: Christian Faith and Violence 2
In: Christian Faith and Violence 2
In: Faith and Ethnicity
In A Reformed Voice in the Ecumemenical Discussion Martien E. Brinkman offers a critical account of the main international ecumenical developments of the last three decades. He delivers a sketch of the Reformed contribution to the ecumenical dialogues dealing with issues like contextuality, state-church relations, the ethical implications of baptism, the church as sacrament of the kingdom and apostolic tradition.

He pleas for a stronger non-Western input in the ecumenical discussions and emphasizes that in many contexts (Indonesia, India, China) the interreligious dialogue has become part of the inner-Christian dialogue. This study can be considered as a constructive contribution to the development of a hermeneutics of tradition and puts itself the critical question what is lost and found in translation.

This article deals with the new meanings contributed to Jesus in new contexts. It questions how Jesus can be brought 'at home' in an African or Asian context. In particular, the methodological aspects of this question are objects of research. First, following a description of the complex relationship between culture-religion and the importance of the southern hemisphere as the center of world Christianity, the inculturation process in the New Testament times is analyzed. Second, the notion of the 'remembered Jesus' is applied to the inculturation process in the New Testament and to the constitutive period of the early church. Third, a threefold criterion to assess contextual Jesus-interpretations is articulated and related to the idea of

double transformation

as main characteristic of an adequate inculturation process. Fourth, the question is asked whether we can speak of an 'unknown, hidden Jesus' in Asia and Africa.

In: Journal of Reformed Theology

This contribution will illustrate new developments in the field of intercultural theology as the integration of ecumenics and missiology, discussing the changes in Latin American Christology. We will do that in four steps. First, we will show how acontextual the liberation theology of liberation of the 1970s and the 1980s was. Second, we will argue that the attention paid to Latin American Mariology created a way to Christological reflection. Third, we will give some Afro-American examples of such a breakthrough. Finally, we will articulate some criteria for assessing these new images of Jesus. The main question is if one can also speak of a “hidden Christ” in the current Latin American religious movements as one can in Africa and Asia. The answer will be by means of the principle of the so-called double transformation. If it is the case that not only Latin American movements color the images of Jesus but the Jesus of the New Testament scriptures can complete or even correct these images, then one can truly speak of a double transformation in which the catholicity of the Christian faith can be experienced.

In: Crossroad Discourses between Christianity and Culture
In: Looking Beyond?