Asian Christian Theologies: A Research Guide to Authors, Movements, Sources by John C. England et al (Orbis Books) Co-sponsored by the Christian Conference of Asia, the Asian Pacific Missiology and Research Programme, Missio (Aachen) and The Council for World Mission, London, this ecumenical reference work provides information essential to every serious scholar and library of world Christianity, mission and religion in Asia. Each volume opens with an historical survey of its region then focuses on individul areas, generally by present-day nations. Along with extensive bibliographies and indexes, each volume includes brief biographies of area theologians.
During the last twenty years our knowledge of Asian Christian theologies and of their extensive written sources, has greatly increased, as has the number of those studying and teaching such theologies. There has been, however, no attempt as yet to provide an Asia-wide and comprehensive guide to study or research In these theologies. This volume is the first of three which provides the first ecumenical, and fully representative guide to research in the authors, movements and sources for contextual Asian Christian theologies from the 7th to the 20th centuries. The central focus is therefore upon theological reflection which has arisen from the faith and experience of Christians within the particular histories and cultures of the region's peoples and which has been shaped and resourced by such contexts.
Principal concerns of the scores of contributors and six editors have throughout been to introduce as wide a range as possible of such Asian Christian theologies in all their diverse forms, and to provide adequate guidance for their discovery, study and research. Chapters for regional theology and for each country in South and Austral Asia, provide detailed entries for writers and writings since the 7th century, with the largest space being given to the 19th and the 20th centuries. Particular stress is placed upon personal and bibliographical resources, as well as upon their historical contexts and theological movements, along with full references for further study. This is the fullest presentation of Asian theologies so far compiled and is a genuinely ground-breaking work.
Commendation"A volume like this shows that Asian theology has come of age. As happens in other parts of the Third World, people are usually more busy relating vertically to others in the First World, than in reaching out horizontally to others in the Third. A volume like this provides us with a tool that not only facilitates a horizontal dialogue, but also indicates the riches that await us ... and helps us to choose among the abundance of the resources available. While the particular contexts of the different countries are highlighted by the presentation, a quick overview also helps us to note the unity of questions and reflections in the midst of the pluralism of concerns ... I congratulate and appreciate the vision and the planning of the Editors and the painstaking work by them and their collaborators which has gone into the assembling of the rich resources offered to us."
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