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Theology And Biography Theological Identity Re/Constructed

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Contextual theologies are grounded in communities. This chapter focuses on the special case of writing a theological biography, the location of which is the triangle of relations between individual-God-community. Henning Luther considers God to be the addressee of theological writing of biography. He then broadens this view by the hypothesis "that the religious dimension can be discerned most of all in the formal structure of biographical reflections". The epistemological rupture correlates a biographical one; on this hypothesis the effort to re/construct the history of Minjung theology from the Korean context and the biographies of its protagonists is founded. The chapter presents five theological biographical portraits, and captures an impression from the beginnings of this theological movement.

Keywords: contextual theologies; Korea; Minjung theology; theological biography



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