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Christianity with an Asian face : Asian American theology in the making
Phan, Peter C., 1943-
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Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [2003]

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xvii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
The experience of migration as source of intercultural theology in the United States -- A common journey, different paths, the same destination : method in liberation theologies -- Inculturation of the Christian faith in Asia through philosophy : a dialogue with John Paul II's Fides et ratio -- Kingdom of God : a theological symbol for Asians? -- Jesus the Christ with an Asian face -- Jesus as the eldest son and ancestor -- Jesus with a Chinese face -- C.S. Song's Jesus-oriented Christology -- Ecclesia in Asia : challenges for Asian Christianity -- Human development and evangelization : the first to the sixth plenary assemblies of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences -- Catechesis and the catechism as inculturation of the Christian faith : lessons from Asia -- The dragon and the eagle : toward a Vietnamese-American theology.
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Drawing on the twin themes of liberation and inculturation, Peter Phan explicates a new theology forged in the cauldron of the encounter between two vastly different cultures. He devotes particular attention to the meaning of Christ for Asian Americans and the emergence of new christological titles -- Jesus as Eldest Son and Ancestor. Phan also explores his personal roots to sketch the contours of Vietnamese American theology, an expression of faith caught between the Dragon and the Eagle. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Peter C. Phan is professor and chair of Catholic social thought at Georgetown University.

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The title is an accurate description of this book's contents; however, since the book only rarely discusses explicitly Asian American themes, the subtitle is not. Phan (Georgetown Univ.), a well-known Catholic theologian and Vietnamese American, does sketch out a rudimentary Asian American theology in the final chapter, but the bulk of the volume focuses on Asia. The first three chapters deal with methodological issues, and Phan makes a strong case for a liberationist approach. Chapters 4 through 7 analyze various Asian treatments of the person and message of Jesus, emphasizing the writings of Aloysius Pieris and C.S. Song. The next three chapters focus on ecclesiastical issues related to the papal exhortation Ecclesia in Asia, various Asian bishops' conferences, and efforts to create Catholic catechisms appropriate for Asia. Seven of the 11 essays included in this book have been previously published in journal form, but it is very helpful to have them bound together. Phan is an important spokesperson for and interpreter of Asian theology. Everyone interested in this field should read this volume. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. D. Jacobsen Messiah College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Part 1 Liberation and Theology: Methodological Issues
1. The Experience of Migration as Source of Intercultural Theology in the United Statesp. 3
A New Wave of Immigrants and Their Existential Conditionp. 5
An Intercultural Theology from the Immigrants' Experience of Cultures as a Ground of Contest in Relationsp. 10
Pulling the Resources Together for an Intercultural Theologyp. 22
2. A Common Journey, Different Paths, the Same Destination: Method in Liberation Theologiesp. 26
A Variety of Grist to the Theological Mill: The Socio-Analytic Mediationp. 28
"Do You Understand What You Are Reading?" (Acts 8:30): The Hermeneutical Mediationp. 35
"Doing the Truth" (John 3:21): The Practical Mediationp. 40
"New Wine into Fresh Wineskins" (Matthew 9:17): A New Theology in a New Method?p. 44
3. Inculturation of the Christian Faith in Asian through Philosophy: A Dialogue with John Paul Il's Fides et Ratiop. 47
Faith and Reason according to Fides et Ratiop. 48
Philosophy and Inculturation of the Christian Faith in Asiap. 55
Fides et Ratio and the Inculturation of the Christian Faith in Confucianist Asiap. 64
Part 2 Inculturation: Toward an Asian American Theology
4. Kingdom of God: A Theological Symbol for Asians?p. 75
Kingdom of God as a Theological Symbol: Challenges from Asiap. 77
The Kingdom of God in Asian Theologyp. 80
Basileia Tou Theou, Still a Meaningful Symbol for Asians?p. 90
5. Jesus the Christ with an Asian Facep. 98
Context and Methodp. 99
Asian Portraits of Jesusp. 104
Adequacy and Appropriatenessp. 117
6. Jesus as the Eldest Son and Ancestorp. 125
The Eldest Son and Ancestor Venerationp. 126
Jesus as the Eldest Son and Ancestorp. 135
Ancestor Christology and Feminist Liberation Theologyp. 143
7. Jesus with a Chinese Face: Choan-Seng Song's Jesus-Oriented Christologyp. 146
From Application of Western Theology to Story Theologyp. 147
A Jesus-Oriented Christologyp. 154
A Christology for Asians?p. 164
8. Ecclesia in Asia: Challenges for Asian Christianityp. 171
The Asian Synod in Contextp. 172
The Church Not in But of Asia: The Asianness of Christianityp. 173
A New Way of Being Churchp. 176
Discovering Their Own Identityp. 182
9. Human Development and Evangelization: The First to the Sixth Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferencesp. 184
Human Development and Evangelizationp. 185
The Method of Social Action for Human Developmentp. 189
Human Development in Asia: Challenges and Responsesp. 191
A New Way of Being Churchp. 199
10. Catechesis and Catechism as Inculturation of the Christian Faith: Lessons from Asiap. 202
Faith, Catechesis, Inculturationp. 202
Alexandre de Rhodes's Cathechismus (1651)p. 213
Catechism for Filipino Catholics (1997)p. 221
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Learning from the Pastp. 223
11. The Dragon and the Eagle: Toward a Vietnamese American Theologyp. 228
Vietnamese American Catholicsp. 228
Dwelling in the Interstice between Two Cultures and Two Churchesp. 234
Toward a Vietnamese American Theologyp. 241
Indexp. 249