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This book discusses present-day Southeast Asian Christian movements amid huge social and political changes in the region.
Michael Poon, editor of the volume and director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia, notes there is a need “to deepen the understanding and expression of the theological nature of Christian movements in our lands, to encourage their growth, and help ensure that these newer expressions and practices are connected to the central calling of the whole church.”
Six prominent global and regional historians, missiologists and theologians join hands to evaluate the popular expressions of Southeast Asian Christianity, and to discuss their significance in relation to the emerging scholarship on world Christianity.
Historical studies are crucial to contextual theological reflection… Christian communities who are cultural and religious minorities in the new Singapore and Malaysia nations need local reference points for their own identity. Western missionary heritage alone can no longer serve as a credible basis of identity in the post-Pacific War years. – Michael Poon
When theologians begin to engage the implicit theologies found in the actual life of the people of God in their varied contexts, a lot of our current theologies may have to be re-thought… Christianity underwent a major revolution when it moved from its Jewish confines into the Gentile world. We may be at the threshold of another Copernican revolution in theology. – Simon Chan