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Introduction - Asian Irregular Theology: Inculturation And Emancipation

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In an East Asian context, a postcolonial orientation and a task of inculturation gains a much sharper contour than any others due to the multiple religious spiritualities in this life setting. Poverty, religiosity, and wisdom (especially of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism) are deeply connected with each other. In other words, the spiritual wisdom of East Asian religions constitutes a lifeworld and source for an Asian theological endeavor to bring forth inculturation and to promote emancipation. In an orientation toward an Asian irregular theology of bamboo and minjung in a postfoundational-hermeneutical manner, it is also important to mention an aesthetic critique and utopian desire in reference to the life and tragedy of the seven scholars in ancient China. They demonstrate the significance of the perspectives of the marginalized who audaciously brought Confucian rationality to the Daoist philosophy of nature in a spirit of creative interpretation and hybridity.

Keywords: Asian irregular theology; emancipation; Inculturation



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