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Title: Asian Christian theologians in dialogue with Buddhism : a study of the writing of Kosuke Koyama, Choan-Seng Song and Aloysius Pieris
Author: Fleming, Kenneth
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis is a study of the writings of three contemporary Asian Christian theologians - Kosuke Koyama, Choan-Seng Song, and Aloysius Pieris - within the context of their dialogue with Buddhism. In addition to examining the method and content of their dialogue, the intent of the thesis is to discern the impact of the dialogue upon their respective theologies, and engage the three theologians in an inter-contextual discussion that critically affirms their value for both Asian and Western theology. The thesis is a study in Asian contextual theology. The major reality that distinguishes the Asian context from others is the existence of many religious. Asian theologians immersed in their contexts are drawn into interreligious dialogue in order to reformulate and communicate their Christian faith. The three theologians at the heart of this study have all entered into an in-depth dialogue with Buddhism, a religion that has had an immense influence upon the lives of Asian peoples. A number of common theological issues emerge out of their dialogue with Buddhism. These fall into three main areas: Christian identity, theological method, and liberation theology; within which other issues related to spirituality, mission, theology of religions, doctrine and praxis, and christology also arise. An important aim of the thesis is to contribute towards a dialogue of contextual theologies, with the author's Western background and exposure to the Asian context providing, with the insights of other theologians, the basis for a critical but friendly dialogue with the theological issues raised by the three theologians. There are three main parts to the thesis. Part one consists of two chapters that provide introductions to Buddhism and Christian-Buddhist dialogue in Asia. The second and most substantial part of the thesis consists of three chapters, each devoted to one of the three theologians, examining how his thought has developed in dialogue with Buddhism. The final part has two chapters; the first consists of a critique of the theologians' dialogue with Buddhism and a critical engagement with the theological issues and challenges that emerge from the dialogue.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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