Introduction to East Asian Theology
This course introduces students to some of the themes and key thinkers in twentieth century theology in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. It surveys different theological movements within these countries (such as ‘homeland theology,’ Minjung theology etc.) and encourages the development of a critical response to the challenges that these theologies raise for both non-Asians and Asians. The course considers contextualization and inculturation debates in each of these societies, as well as regional responses to Christianity. We read primary texts in English, with background reading for context, and students will be encouraged to develop their own responses to the authors and their thought.