本書論文出於2020年12月10-11日的以Dialogue on Religions and Cultures for Peace in Asia為主題的國際會議。
7 Introduction to Dreaming Shalom ◆Huang Po Ho
9 Opening Elucidation: Shalom as an Imperative Thrust of Theology ◆Huang Po Ho
13 Religious nationalism: an ideological construct to protect predatory capitalism ◆M. P. Joseph
20 Liberation or Assimilation: Is this Peace? ◆Wati Longchar
Section I Pluriform Communities in Asia: Promise and Challenge
27 Pluriform communities: A Biblical Enquiry(Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2) ◆Gloria Lita D. Mapangdol
40 Toward a Gendered, Happy, and Pluriform Community: a Reflection of a Feminist Muslim Woman
50 Small as a Mustard Seed Yet Moving Mountains: the Faith of Pakistani Christian Women and its Role in the Witness of our Community in Pakistan ◆Sheba Sultan
Section II Struggling for Reconciliation
67 Victims of War as Agents of Peace: Narratives of War and Peace from Kebithigollawa ◆Shirley Lal Wijesinghe
88 A Political Theologian Looks at the Issue of the Reunification of Korea ◆Jin Kwan Kwon
95 Kairos Palestine: Struggle to be the People of God ◆Ranjan Solomon
105 Violence and Cultural Alienation of Kachin Indigenous People ◆Layang Seng Ja
116 Burmanization ◆Pum Za Mang
Section III Inter–faith/ Religious Relations
129 Revisit Interfaith Relations from the Perspective of God’s Creation ◆Huang Po Ho
142 Enlightenment of the Peace from the Interreligious Dialogue of Raimundo Panikkar ◆Jacob Lee Mao-Jung
154 A Critical Review of John Cobb’s Mutual Transformation ◆Jin Cheol Oh
174 Asian Biblical Theology And Filial Piety (Xiao) ◆Marvin A. Sweeney
196 Categorical Engagement in Christianity: Confucian Dialogue for Peace ◆K. James Wu
219 Takaki Senemon’s Faith in Eschatology in the 19th Century Japanese Society ◆Mariko Yakiyama
238 Closing Message ◆Limala Longchar
242 Book Review: Knitter, Paul R. 1985. No Other Name? A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes Toward the World Religions ◆Marc Grenier
258 Appendix 1. Conference Agenda
263 Appendix 2. Introduction to Institutes/Organizations
269 Appendix 3. Introduction to Contributors
276 Appendix 4. List of Participants
278 Appendix 5. Pictures
The Asian continent is different from other continents. Its nations are spread over the Pacific Ocean and segregated by the waters. Its lands gave birth to almost all world religions, and lead to the creation of a multitude cultures with splendid spiritual and material recourses. It is a continent containing countries who have commonly experienced colonization, poverty, and threats from hegemonic neighbors as well as coercion by world empires. Asian people are religious people, and they have been shaped by different religions to become peace–loving peoples despite having had very little time to truly enjoy authentic peace along their histories.
Recent political and military experts have predicted that Asia, particularly Eastern Asia (Korean Peninsula, Taiwan strait, and the Southern Sea area), is the likely hot zone for military conflicts that may indeed become the spark that ignites the third world war. The United States has announced deployment of two thirds of its naval forces to this area to counter potential threats from China’s hegemonic ambitions and activities.
Thus dreaming peace for Asian people is not simply a theoretical consideration, but a concrete life–and–death reality. Yet, how do we realize that dream and how to dream it from different religious and theological perspectives are urgent issues to be dealt with. The contents of this collection are papers borne out of the hard labors of many theological scholars from over thirteen Asian countries and beyond which were presented at our international theological conference on December 10-11, 2020. The actual participants stretch over many more countries. It was a hybrid virtual conference held via Internet on site at the campus of Chang Jung Christian University, Taiwan.
It was held cooperatively by 5 Asian theological movements and institutions: Asian Forum for Theological Movement (AFTM), Programme for Theology and Cultures in Asia (PTCA), Asian Theological Academy (ATA), Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU), and Academy for Contextual Theologies in Taiwan (ACTT). It was an unprecedented theological event that joined so many organizations as hosts, and attracted scholars from diverse background and so many countries. I am deeply thankful to the leadership of all these organizations for their support and cooperation. The hybrid style of online and on–site virtual conferencing
may be considered a peculiar contribution of the Covid Virus pandemic. It certainly will be a new normal to be practiced continually even after the virus pandemic is over.
Besides all these, the product of this book is a contribution and salute of ACTT to all those churches and Christian fellows in Asia who have done tremendous efforts to materialize the Shalom dream to our people and our land. Glory be to God.
Huang Po Ho
Academy for Contextual Theologies in Taiwan
March 10, 2021