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Guest Editorial Special Issue: “Public Theology in the Chinese Context”

Guest Editorial Special Issue: “Public Theology in the Chinese Context” Writing on “The Scope of Public Theology”, Duncan B. Forrester declared thatPublic theology is necessarily always contextual. It responds to situations, theories and issues which change over time, while endeavouring to hold fast to a tradition which has a constant core. Through wrestling with particular situations, public theology hopes, at least from time to time, to come up with theological insights which are recognised as ‘public truth’ not just in the situation or context in which they were conceived, but more generally as well.1This regional special issue on public theology in the Chinese context (which here includes mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) sets out to represent a contextual and inter-contextual response to a number of different public issues. It is our hope that these contextual reflections will inspire the praxis of other public theologies around the world.This discipline of a public theology has become progressively more familiar to many Chinese Christians and scholars; they are currently studying and putting it into practice. It has been observed that Christians are also becoming more public in their concerns;2 Christian studies are being done from interdisciplinary perspectives and with a public concern;3 and the topic of public theology has been receiving http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Theology Brill

Guest Editorial Special Issue: “Public Theology in the Chinese Context”

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1872-5171
eISSN
1569-7320
DOI
10.1163/15697320-12341508
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Abstract

Writing on “The Scope of Public Theology”, Duncan B. Forrester declared thatPublic theology is necessarily always contextual. It responds to situations, theories and issues which change over time, while endeavouring to hold fast to a tradition which has a constant core. Through wrestling with particular situations, public theology hopes, at least from time to time, to come up with theological insights which are recognised as ‘public truth’ not just in the situation or context in which they were conceived, but more generally as well.1This regional special issue on public theology in the Chinese context (which here includes mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) sets out to represent a contextual and inter-contextual response to a number of different public issues. It is our hope that these contextual reflections will inspire the praxis of other public theologies around the world.This discipline of a public theology has become progressively more familiar to many Chinese Christians and scholars; they are currently studying and putting it into practice. It has been observed that Christians are also becoming more public in their concerns;2 Christian studies are being done from interdisciplinary perspectives and with a public concern;3 and the topic of public theology has been receiving

Journal

International Journal of Public TheologyBrill

Published: Dec 6, 2017

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