With the world increasingly intertwined and interdependent, it is no longer possible today to remain indifferent to what is going on in other parts of the globe. Christians living in one context thus need to converse and relate with those in other contexts in order to live out their faith in response to global/local realities. The present issue of Asian Christian Review has indeed become such a conviction-put-into-practice, with pregnant implications for inter-contextual dialogue.
The issue begins with featured reflections on the Fifth General Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops (CELAM V), held May 13-31, 2007, in Aparecida, Brazil. Four authors with their brief essays shed light on the significance, limits and challenges of the event. Kiyoshi Seko (myself) puts the conference in the global context by way of introduction. Although CELAM tends to be seen in terms of struggles over liberation theology, argues Seko, distinct newness as well as gsigns of the timeh of the fifth conference must also be recognized. Camilo Maccise, OCD, based in
The first of the four main articles, gLiberating Political Theology Todayh by Anselm K. Min is an immensely significant challenge to the existing political/contextual theologies. Min sharply questions how these theologies mainly preoccupied with their own gcontexth can address guniversal themes and concerns,h or speak to gOthersh not included in the gcontext.h Criticizing their gparticularism,h i.e., the lack of the sense of common issues, common agency and common efforts for liberation, Min proposes gsolidarity of Othersh as a new paradigm for theology in the age of globalization in order to respond to the common global challenges that we are facing today regardless of political, cultural, ethnic, or gender particularities.
Rekha M. Chennattu, RA offers fresh exegetical insights on the Eucharist in Johnfs gospel in her gBreak the Word and Build the Community.h Focusing on the questions why John associates his teaching on the Eucharist with the multiplication of the bread (and feeding of the multitude) rather than the Last Supper, and why he replaces the synoptic account of the Eucharist at the Last Supper with the foot-washing one, Chennattu powerfully argues that the gospel writerfs intention was to oppose the magical understanding of the Eucharist of his day and to demonstrate the gintrinsic connection between the Eucharistic celebration and a life committed to Godfs work of creation and liberation.h
How the Roman Catholic understanding of religious pluralism has evolved in
Jose Mario C. Francisco, SJ in his gTranslating Christianity into Asian Touguesh makes a valuable contribution to the discussions on inculturation. Analyzing the dynamics of the encounter between Christian faith and cultural context through the example of the 17th century
Finally, Kwok Pui-lan reviews a book, gBody and Sexuality,h which is a fruit of the second conference of Ecclesia of Women in
It is hoped that the present issue will be of help for readers in their intellectual/pastoral engagements, and they should be reminded that Asian Christian Review always welcome their comments and responses.