Academic journal article Theological Studies

Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up

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Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. By Simon Chan. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic 2014. Pp. 217. $22.

In this thought-provoking work, Chan argues for an Asian theology from below. Asian Christians, C. insists, do not need "elitist" or academic theologies that purport to be contextual but end up irrelevant to their daily experience. He chastises liberationist theologies as failing to address the concerns of ordinary believers. The words of an unknown commentator--"Liberation theology opted for the poor and the poor opted for Pentecostalism" (27, 103, 162)--seem to capture better the sensus fidelium in Asia than in Africa and Latin America. C. champions Asian Pentecostalism as a better resource to address the core concerns of grassroots Christian communities.

C. examines the typical themes in systematic theology: theological methods (chap. 1), God (chap. 2), humanity and sin (chap. 3), Christ and salvation (chap. 4), the Holy Spirit and spirituality (chap. 5), and the church (chap. 6). In each of these subjects, C. skillfully dialogues with the historic Christian tradition, which supplements and informs his Pentecostal theology: the notion of taxis within the Trinity (50-52, 60-67), the inseparable connection between Pneumatology and Christology (133-36), and the church as communio sanctorum (188-97), to name a few. …

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