The present issue begins with an encounter with gSouthernh Christianity of a Pentecostal/Evangelical persuasion. gThe centre of gravitycis already in the hands of the Southern churches,h says Wonsuk Ma, a distinguished Korean scholar and missionary who now heads the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, in the interview with Asian Christian Review. Ma points out that many of those churches of the gglobal South,h which are now taking the centre stage in global Christianity, will take on distinctly Pentecostal features. Embodying such a trend by himself as the first Pentecostal to command the institute, Ma reveals to us the changing face of Southern (Pentecostal) Christianity, with its openness to ecumenism and other religions, its willingness to embrace both spiritual dynamism and academic inquiry, and its deep concern for social issues.
To put the interview in context, we have included Mafs plenary speech at the Global Christian Forum, held in
In the Viewpoints article, gChallenge in Interfaith Dialogue,h Thomas Michel, a veteran in Christian-Muslim dialogue, questions a conventional understanding of evangelization/evangelism which frames the dispute over gospel proclamation and interfaith dialogue. gProclamation or dialogue?h\challenging such a dichotomized mentality, Michel demonstrates from his own experience that dialogue as a life-sharing cannot leave out gproclamationh as a sharing of onefs deepest spiritual conviction, while proclamation as such cannot authentically occur outside the context of life-sharing.
In her gCultural Rights of Migrant,h the first of four main articles in this issue, Agnes M. Brazal explores philosophical arguments and theological bases for the notion of cultural rights, particularly for migrants. Critically drawing on the insights of Pierre Bourdieu and Will Kymlicka, Brazal first seeks to highlight and clarify the much gunderdevelopedh concept on philosophical terrain. Then she moves on to ground the concept on the theological soil, arguing that the doctrine of Trinity, with its diverse approaches in tradition (such as that of the Cappadocians, Richard of St. Victor, Bonaventure, etc.), can theologically account for the value and space of cultural rights.
Aloysius Pieris, SJ seeks a common ground between Christianity and other religions in
Andrew G. Recepcionfs gthe Filipino Transpersonal Worldviewh presents a test case for Christianityfs inculturation in
The current issue closes with a Western contribution on one of the divisive issues in ecumenical dialogue: sacraments. In the context of the ongoing international Methodist-Roman Catholic dialogue, Paul G. McPartlan seeks to reframe the question in his gCatholic Perspectives on Sacramentality.h Noting the deepened understanding of the notion of sacramentality in modern and recent Catholic theology, McPartlan argues that the discussion on sacraments should be situated in a broader matrix of the discussion on gsacramentalityh in general. By cultivating a common and profound theology of the sacrament or mysterion\understood in the Scripture as the divine plan of salvation, which is personified in Christ and continued on by his body, the church\the age-old dispute over the number of sacraments will be overcome, and the proper context for dialogue be provided, argues McPartlan.
It is hoped that, with these theological reflections and voices, Asian Christian Review will continue to be a source of inspiration and stimulation for theological discussions in