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Wednesday, March 6 • 10:45 - 12:45
#6/091 – Public Theology in Non-Christian Culture

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Public theology is first developed in the Western world featured with Christian culture. Its attempt is to connect Christian ideas with the messy human reality in order to challenge and deepen thinking and practice of everyday life. Although the Western world featured with Christian culture has no implication of that the Western world is a Christian world and it would welcome Christian discourse in public sphere, its Christian culture does provide some kind of legitimacy and commonalities for Christian theological engagement in public sphere. In fact, theology is seen as an academic discipline in western university education and Christian festivals are still celebrated in everyday life. The research question of this panel is that if the current public theology is emerged from the Western world featured with Christian culture, what public theology in non-Christian culture would be. It can be an atheist culture (China), religions other than Christian culture (Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

Lap Yan Kung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Sung Kim (Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong) - Diaconia and Public Sphere in China
  • Lap Yan Kung (Chinese University of Hong Kong) - Parent-Child and Centre-Edge Metaphors: A Theological Engagement with Social Imaginary of “One Country, Two Systems”
  • Patrick Gnanapragasam (University of Madras) - Exploring the Relevance of Public Theology to the Indian Context
  • Nepolean James Raj (KU Leuven) - Mary, Mother of Communion: Can Mary Be a Starting Point for Inter-religious Dialogue?
  • Taraneh Wilkinson (Georgetown University / Fscire) - Appeal to Conscience in Turkish Muslim Theology
  • Kit Fai Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong) - Facing Off Against Atheist Political Power: Kwok Nai Wang’s 1997 Social Imaginary

Language: English


Sung Kim

Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong

Patrick Gnanapragasam

University of Madras

Kit Fai Wong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Lap Yan Kung

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Taraneh R. Wilkinson

Georgetown University; Fscire

Wednesday March 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:45 GMT
Sala Marconi – Aemilia Hotel Via S. Vitale, 114, 40125 Bologna BO
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