THC4110 Asian Theology in Context

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Vinod John

Course Description:

In light of the shift of focus in Global Christianity from the North to the Global South, this course focuses on the Asian context in exploring the paths Christian theology has treaded. Various current trends in theology will be compared in their diversity in order to help the student learn to do robust theology in context.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course is an introduction to the Asian context which constitutes a huge portion of the Global South. Since the center of Christianity has shifted South from the Global North, students in the Global North must understand the struggles and prospects of their brothers and sisters in other parts of the world and vice versa. This course will help students in any part of the world acquire knowledge of theology done in different situations and provide skills to do theology in their own context.

Why This Course Is Important:

Due to the steady shift of the center of Christianity from the Global North to the Global South an urgent need arises to learn and do Christian theology from a non-European perspective. Theology is always done in context and the context of the Global South, particularly Asia, is not only different from Europe or North American but also quite varied within Asia itself. In order for the Church to be truly universal and for theology to make sense in todays Global South, it is wise to learn how Christians in Asia do theology and how it is influenced by their particular situations. It will also help students gain knowledge as well as skills in learning to do contextual theology in their own contexts.