In this compact collection of essays on contextual theology, the reader is offered fresh voices from the United States, Latin America and Oceania. The inclusion of diverse cultural voices is one of the book's strengths: these voices emphasize the significance of contextual theology for our twenty-first century. The proposal of the book is to address new ways of doing theology, opening up new and fresh topics for our theological agenda.
A collection of essays exploring a new and inclusive approach to theology that is sensitive to the diversity of cultural contexts within the modern, global Church.
Preface / Stephen B. Bevans and Katalina Tahaafe-Williams Acknowledgments Part I Contextual Theology and the Twenty-First Century Church 1 What Has Contextual Theology to Offer the Church of the Twenty-First Century? / Stephen B. Bevans 2 The Centrality of Contextual Theology for Christian Existence Today / James Haire 3 The Cons of Contextuality . . . Kontextuality / Jione Havea Part 2 Theology in Particular Contexts 4 The Necessity of a Second Peoples' Theology in Australia / Chris Budden 5 Context, Controversy, and Contradiction in Contemporary Theological Education: Who Bene 'Fits' and Who Just Simply Doesn't Fit? / Jenny Te Paa 6 A Future for Latin American Liberation Theology? / Carmelo E. Alvarez Part 3 Contextual Theology and the Mission of the Church 7 A Theology of Mission for the Church of the Twenty-First Century: Mission as Prophetic Dialogue / Stephen B. Bevans 8 Mission as an Invitation to the Feast of Life: Revisioning the Ecumenical Understanding and Practice of Mission in the Twenty-First Century / Jooseop Keum Concluding Reflections / Stephen B. Bevans and Katalina Tahaafe-Williams Bibliography Notes on the Contributors
"This book will certainly be a valuable asset to anyone interested in contextual theology in the 21st century, not only in the Asia-Pacific region, but wherever faith life struggles to be contextual and relevant." P.T. Mathew, S.J., Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection, Vol. 77/8, August 2013 "The tension between some of the essays results in a dialogue which is engaging and an important read for anyone interested in mission, contextual theology or theological education." Jenny Anne Wright, University of Edinburgh, in Theological Book Review (tbr), Vol. 25, No.1, 2013 "...refreshing, challenging, critical, and hope-filled. Refreshing because elements of 'traditional theology' are still relevant; challenging because it highlights new situations for contextual theology in economically globalised existences, critical because it asks relevant questions about once-accepted and once-revered dominant theologies, worldviews and epistemologies; hope-filled because it discusses viable options and directions for the future." Marcus Campbell, Anthropological Forum, 2014, Vol 24, Issue 1, 86-114, (2014) "This slim volume is a minorgem in both its critique and its vision for the future. It should make the reading list of any course in contextual and global theology. All the essays are authored by ecumenical theologians and educators, people of hope and verve. They are deeply committed to mission, and willing to let the Spirit lead them where she will." John Mansford Prior, in "Mission Studies", vol. 31, 2014