Water Buffalo Theology marked the emergence of a self-conscious Asian Christian theology on the world scene when it was published in 1974. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, Koyama thoroughly updates the original, adding an retrospective introduction that records how he has changed his mind on many topics but maintained his position on others. In addition to eliminating several chapters, Koyama also adds one on his "pilgrimage in mission". Water Buffalo Theology urges readers to abide by the first calling of Christianity -- to become an incarnation of God's love.
In addition to eliminating several chapters, Koyama also adds one on his "pilgrimage in mission". Water Buffalo Theology urges readers to abide by the first calling of Christianity -- to become an incarnation of God's love.
Author: Kōsuke Koyama
This classic textbook brings together the meanings, proposals, and tasks involved in contextualization. Hesselgrave and Rommen explore the history of contextualization in the Bible and the Church while examining the proposals of prominent thinkers on this subject. They conclude with their own definition and approach to contextualization.
27 If this is the starting point , who is to say when theology has asked the
important questions , or even that it has asked the right questions ? This brief
analysis of Koyama ' s waterbuffalo theology is based upon two of Koyama ' s
works : the ...
Author: David J. Hesselgrave
Publisher: William Carey Library
Reading Christian Theology in the Protestant Tradition offers a distinctive approach to the value of classic works through the lens of Protestantism. While it is anachronistic to speak of Christian theology prior to the Reformation as "Protestant†?, it is wholly appropriate to recognize how certain common Protestant concerns can be discerned in the earliest traditions of Christianity. The resonances between the ages became both informative and inspiring for Protestants who looked back to pre-reformation sources for confirmation, challenge, and insight. Thus this book begins with the first Christian theologians, covering nearly 2000 years of theological writing from the Didache, Justin Martyr, and Origen to James Cone, José Míguez Bonino, and Sallie McFague. Five major periods of church history are represented in 12 key works, each carefully explained and interpreted by an expert in the field.
Of all Koyama's books, Water Buffalo Theology is perhaps his most poetic and
raw. There is no thesis or argument that builds neatly from beginning to end, but
each essay is riveting, insightful, and often surprising. Koyama reveals his desire
Author: Kelly Kapic
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The missional church conversation has focused almost exclusively on Western thought at the expense of hearing the voices of the global church. In this important book, Graham Hill explores the missional themes and ideas of 103 indigenous and majority world Christians. The future of the global church—including the churches of the West—exists in these global exchanges.
Kōsuke Koyama wrote an important book on contextual mission called Water
Buffalo Theology. Koyama is a Japanese missionary who served in Chiang Mai,
Thailand. He writes of the joys and challenges of doing local, particular, water ...
Author: Graham Hill
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Explores the use of language in Christian theology.
Koyama, Water Buffalo Theology, x. 2. Hoy and McCarthy, Critical Theory, 63. Cf.
Føllesdal, “Triangulation,” 719: “Philosophers and linguists have always said that
language is a social institution. They have, however, immediately forgotten this ...
Author: Garth L. Hallett
Publisher: SUNY Press
Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding has been a standard introduction to Christian theology for more than a decade. The book's presentation of traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways, its concern to hear and critically engage new voices in theology, and its creative and accessible style have kept it one of the most stimulating, balanced, and readable guides to theology available. This second edition of Faith Seeking Understanding features improvements from cover to cover. Besides updating and expanding the entire text of the book, Migliore has added two completely new chapters. The first, "Confessing Jesus Christ in Context," explores the unique contributions to Christian theology made by recent theologians working in the African American, Asian American, Latin American, Hispanic, feminist, womanist, and mujerista traditions. The second new chapter, "The Finality of Jesus Christ and Religious Pluralism," addresses the growing interest in the relationship of Christianity to other religions and their adherents. Migliore's three delightful theological dialogues are followed by a new appendix, an extensive glossary of theological terms, making the book even more useful to students seeking to understand the history, themes, and challenges of Christian belief.
An Introduction to Christian Theology Daniel L. Migliore. us , not " the local boy
who makes good , " they will think of ... Kosuke Koyama , Water Buffalo Theology
( Maryknoll 216 FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING Asian American Christology
Author: Daniel L. Migliore
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Theologies of Power and Crisis provides a case study for Eric Wolf's research directive to better comprehend the interplay of cultural (webs of meaning) and material (webs of power) forms of social life. More specifically, the book demonstrates how theological discourse and practice engage with historical and material relations of power. It has been normative to speak of power in terms of political and economic processes and theology in terms of interpretive and symbolic experiences. This work breaks new ground by linking theological ideas with political-economic processes in terms of the structural relations of power. Ethnographically, this research investigates the theological processes of Hong Kong Chinese Christians during a period of significant social change and crisis, precipitated by the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. It shows how local Christians and Christian institutions mediated the significant regional, national, and transnational forces of political-economic change by connecting theological practice to the structural relations of power. The Christian response was a contested process closely intertwined with the broader contested processes of social organization. This study develops an understanding of Christianity that goes beyond ecclesiastical hegemony to encompass struggles over human practice, meaning, and representation in relation to the changing political-economic context. These findings implicate religious ideas and practice as significant to an understanding of social inequalities and powerlessness by connecting ideologies to material conditions. Christian ideas may be used to legitimize an oppressive social order or they may be used to liberate those who are oppressed. Issues related to the policies and practice of development should take seriously the role of religious beliefs and practices.
Tolo Theological Series 3. hong Kong: Chung Chi College Theological division.
———. 1993. ... in Invitation to Theology, edited by Shun-hing Chan, 249–70.
hong Kong: hong Kong Christian institute. ———. 1996. ... Water Buffalo
Author: Stephen Pavey
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Scratch beneath the surface of today’s culture and you’ll find we’re not so different from ancient Israel. True, our sophistication, mobility, and technology eclipse anything the Israelites could have imagined. Our worship is far different, to say nothing of our language and customs. Yet if the prophets Hosea, Amos, and Micah were to visit us today, we might be shocked to see how little their messages would differ from the ones they delivered 2,800 years ago. For human hearts are still the same--and so is God. Injustice, oppression, and political corruption anger him as much as ever. Apostasy still grieves him. His judgment of sin remains as fierce as his love is strong. And the hope God extends to those who turn toward him is as brilliant now as at any time in history. Revealing the links between Israel eight centuries B.C. and our own times, Gary V. Smith shows how the prophetic writings of Hosea, Amos, and Micah speak to us today with relevance and conviction.
(3) A third area where principles can be developed comes from Amos's
theological and rhetorical method of persuasively interacting with the thinking of
his audience.15 ... K. Koyama, Water Buffalo Theology (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 19
), 91. 17.
Author: Gary V. Smith
Asians, Christian as well as Buddhists and Hindus, are beginning to feel that Western Christianity has both preached and lived a Christianity without the Cross. Jesus did not carry his cross as a businessman carries his briefcase, or as Christians symbolically carry a well-filled lunch box. Even more seriously, Asians have experienced Christ crucified as crucifying them: This, concludes Koyama, is the most serious missiological problem facing the Church today. With vivid imagery that marked his Waterbuffalo Theology, Dr. Koyama, one of the most engaging of modern theologians, offers a meditation on Christianity from South East Asia which has much to offer the more formalized life of the Western churches.
With vivid imagery that marked his Waterbuffalo Theology, Dr. Koyama, one of the most engaging of modern theologians, offers a meditation on Christianity from South East Asia which has much to offer the more formalized life of the Western ...
Author: Kosuke Koyama
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
'Koyama's relaxed confidence, extending from the chapter titles to the homely toing and froing between the author's own world and the deepest themes of theology make this is truly stimulating book ... One of the rare books of theology one can unreservedly recommend with full sincerity.' What The Tablet said about Waterbuffalo Theology is even more true of Three Mile an Hour God - which is perhaps a still better book. Its setting is the world of South-East Asia - and beyond. Its content reflects the wide experience of the author, who must be one of the most-travelled of all modern theologians. But what gives the book its special, compelling quality is the stillness, depth and humanity which can be found on even the most crowded page. 'Love has its speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore the speed the love of God walks.'
'Koyama's relaxed confidence, extending from the chapter titles to the homely to-ing and fro-ing between the author's own world and the deepest themes of theology make this is truly stimulating book .
Author: Kosuke Koyama
Publisher: SCM Press
We are, at our base, humus-beings. Our lives are dependent upon the soil and we flourish when we live in this reality. Unfortunately, we have been a part of a centuries-long push to build a new tower of Babel--an attempt to escape our basic dependence on the dirt. This escape has resulted in ecological disaster, unhealthy bodies, and broken communities. In answer to this denial, a habit of mind formed from working close with the soil offers us a way of thinking and seeing that enables us to see the world as it really is. This way of thinking is called agrarianism. In Cultivating Reality, Ragan Sutterfield guides us through the agrarian habit of mind and shows Christians how a theological return to the soil will enliven us again to the joys of creatureliness.
Koyama, Kosuke. Water Buffalo Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1999. Kundera,
Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Translated by Michael Henry Heim.
New York: Harper, 1984. Lawler, Peter Augustine. “Luther, Locke, Liberty, and
Author: Ragan Sutterfield
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
It’s no secret that the center of Christianity has shifted from the West to the global South and East. While the truths of the Christian faith are universal, new contexts bring new questions, new understandings, and new expressions. What does this mean for theology? Is the Christian faith not only culturally translatable, but also theologically translatable?Timothy Tennent answers this question with a resounding yes. Theological reflection is alive and well in the majority world church, and these new perspectives need to be heard, considered, and brought into conversation with Western theologians. Global theology can make us aware of our own blind spots and biases. Because of its largely conservative stance, global theology has much to offer toward the revitalization of Western Christianity.Tennent examines traditional theological categories in conversation with theologians from across the globe, making this volume valuable for students, pastors, missionaries, and theologians alike.
... produced theologies that reflect the particularities of their Asian setting. For
example, Kazoh Kitamori's (1916–1998) Theology and the Pain of God (1958)
and Kosuke Koyama's (b. 1929) well-known Waterbuffalo Theology (1974) both
Author: Timothy C. Tennent
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Theology was once 'queen of the sciences', the integrating centre of Christendom's conceptual universe. In our own time the very idea of systematic theology is frequently called into question, derided as an arcane and superstitious pseudo-discipline. Even within the church, it is commonly disregarded in favour of unreflective piety and pragmatism. At the same time, the southward shift in world Christianity's centre of gravity prompts crucial questions about the future form and content of theology. Within this context, Theology and the Future offers a case for the continuing viability of theology, exploring how it might adapt to changing circumstances, and discussing its implications for how we are to imagine and help shape our shared human future. Beginning with the question of God, this book explores what might be meant by 'the future of God', and what its implications are for Christian theology. Chapters follow on the location of theology (in global Christianity, the church and the academy) and on its sources and method. The second half of the book explores a wide variety of dimensions of the human future that theology might address and illuminate. The essays bring together a mix of specialist theologians and interdisciplinary thinkers to support the assertion that there can be no more critical endeavor to the future than understanding God and all things in relationship to him.
The major proponents of contextual theology belong to ecumenical, mainline
denominations. Kosuke Koyama, a Japanese missionary to Thailand, produced
Waterbuffalo Theology – A Thai Theological Notebook (1974, 1999). Positing a
Author: Trevor Cairney
Publisher: A&C Black
The historical ambivalence among Pentecostals about their relationship to culture and society needs evaluation. How do we understand Pentecostal engagement with society, and how are Pentecostals in North America engaging issues of race, class, gender, and ecology? What theologically motivates North American Pentecostals to respond to social issues? What categories best explain Pentecostal responses to social issues in North America? How do they compare to Pentecostal responses elsewhere? Recently, scholars of global Pentecostalism have proposed that the experience of the Spirit among Pentecostals has elicited the development of a Pentecostal theology of liberation, which has implications for understanding Pentecostal responses to social issues. These projects primarily explore the Pentecostal response to cultural issues in areas outside of North America and especially focus on Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This volume assesses whether the categories of social liberation applied to non-Western Pentecostalism characterize Pentecostalism in North America. Is there evidence of a Pentecostal theology of liberation that explains Pentecostal engagement in North America? Do social-liberation categories fit the North American Pentecostal responses to social issues or are others more suitable? These and other important questions about the relation between liberation theology and North American Pentecostalism are thoroughly explored in this important collection of essays.
Salvation is social and personal and is incorporated into a theology of the
Kingdom of God. While Liberation theology ... Black and Reformed. 10. Koyama,
Waterbuffalo Theology; Song, Third-Eye Theology; and Yong-Bok, Minjung
Author: Michael Wilkinson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Second, what are some of the preexisting resources which can be mined towards
the development of an AAE theology? Third, what are the ... Orbis, 20022004).
2So Kosuke Koyama, Waterbuffalo Theology (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1974), writes of
Author: Young Lee Hertig, Editor
These volumes examine both the promise and the threat of globalization using the tools of theological ethics to understand and evaluate the social contexts of life at the deepest moral and spiritual levels.
KosUKE Koyama is the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Professor Emeritus of
Ecumenical Studies at Union Theological ... in Thai, he has published six books
in English, including the widely quoted Waterbuffalo Theology, Mount Fuji and
Mount Sinai, ...
Author: Max L. Stackhouse
Publisher: A&C Black
What does a relationship with God look like and how do we obtain it? It is vital for church leaders to grapple seriously with this question, for pat answers no longer suffice. Lives well-lived, not just words eloquently spoken, must become our response. The quality of our relationship with God is what will influence the health, potency, and witness of the church in an increasingly complex and hostile world. Designed for use as a college or seminary course, Conformed to His Image helps us build our lives on a fully biblical perspective. Exploring twelve approaches to Christian spirituality in depth, Dr. Kenneth Boa corrects our tendency to pick and compartmentalize. Pointing the way instead to an integrative, whole-life approach, Dr. Boa shows how each spiritual paradigm discussed is just one important facet in the gem of authentic and powerful New Testament living. With chapter overviews and objectives, questions for personal application, a glossary, and a list of key terms, Conformed to His Image will prove a defining text for the student, pastor, and church leader of today . . . and tomorrow. 12 Facets of the Complete Christian Life Relational Spirituality: Loving God Completely, Ourselves Correctly, and Others Compassionately Paradigm Spirituality: Cultivating an Eternal versus a Temporal Perspective Disciplined Spirituality: Engaging in the Historical Differences Exchanged Life Spirituality: Grasping Our True Identity in Christ Motivated Spirituality: A Set of Biblical Incentives Devotional Spirituality: Falling in Love with God Holistic Spirituality: Every Component of Life under the Lordship of Christ Process Spirituality: Being versus Doing, Process versus Product Spirit-Filled Spirituality: Walking in the Power of the Spirit Warfare Spirituality: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil Nurturing Spirituality: A Lifestyle of Discipleship and Evangelism Corporate Spirituality: Encouragement, Accountability, and Worship
The books of Kosuke Koyama (Waterbuffalo Theology, Three Mile an Hour God,
Mount Fuji and Mount Sinai) and of A. J. Appasamy (The Gospel and India's
Heritage) illustrate the need for cultural adaptations in spiritual formation.
Author: Kenneth D. Boa
“When it comes to seeing depth and lateral connections in the development of popular culture, nobody exceeds Marshall Fishwick.” -Canadian Psychology In Probing Popular Culture: On and Off the Internet, one of the leading authorities in American and popular culture studies presents an eye-opening examination o
Peasant and primitive societies have very complex rituals and symbols. Much
material that is first rate is found in the so-called third world. We miss, or
misinterpret a great deal on quick, hectic visits. In Waterbuffalo Theology, Kosuke
Author: Marshall Fishwick
In Pagan Theology, Michael York situates Paganism—one of the fastest-growing spiritual orientations in the West—as a world religion. He provides an introduction to, and expansion of, the concept of Paganism and provides an overview of Paganism's theological perspective and practice. He demonstrates it to be a viable and distinguishable spiritual perspective found around the world today in such forms as Chinese folk religion, Shinto, tribal religions, and neo-Paganism in the West. While adherents to many of these traditions do not use the word “pagan” to describe their beliefs or practices, York contends that there is an identifiable position possessing characteristics and understandings in common for which the label “pagan” is appropriate. After outlining these characteristics, he examines many of the world's major religions to explore religious behaviors in other religions which are not themselves pagan, but which have pagan elements. In the course of examining such behavior, York provides rich and lively descriptions of religions in action, including Buddhism and Hinduism. Pagan Theology claims Paganism’s place as a world religion, situating it as a religion, a behavior, and a theology.
... huge painted clay images of the goddess as an extremely beautiful eight-
armed woman appeared.20 Below her was her vehicle, the lion, astride the
carcass of the water buffalo, as well as a wounded but muscular Mahisha all
flanked by the ...
Author: Michael York
Publisher: NYU Press
The old contrast between OC universalOCO and OC localOCO 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 OC the essence of Christianity, OCO 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."
Exploring Theological Identities at Home and in Diaspora Heup Young Kim,
Fumitaka Matsuoka, Anri Morimoto ... essential and normative theology, as an
assortment of supplementary adaptations that come with “water-buffalo” and
Author: Heup Young Kim