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Mission Statement
No longer is Christianity a greligion of the West.h An increasingly recognized fact today is that two-thirds of the worldfs Christian population are now found outside the West. The demographic shift toward the global South, coupled with the decline in size and vigor of Western churches, has been raising a new consciousness within the churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America that the time has arrived for them to assume a greater responsibility for this religion and its future.
Christianity in Asia today was for the most part brought by Western missionaries, except for some churches which trace their roots to ancient apostolic origins. These gyoungh churches in the region, while remaining indebted to the efforts and care of Western missionaries and churches, thanks to which they have grown to todayfs maturity, have often felt and experienced uneasiness with the forms and expressions of Christianity brought to their land. Thus they have started struggling to develop their own approaches to the Christian faith and practice in order to make them truly relevant to their people under the banner of gindigenization,h ginculturation,h or gcontextualization.h Such attempts, not without criticisms\and rightly so\and not always understood or welcomed by Asian Christians themselves, have nonetheless made a distinct contribution to the development of life and thought (which came to be called gAsian theologyh) of Christianity in the region. These undertakings have more recently converged with the emerging concern and responses among Asian Christian communities to the various forces of economic, political and cultural globalizations.
Such unfolding in Asia (and in other non-Western regions) is often regarded suspiciously or even when praised, downplayed as a glocalh matter in the West whose churches still retain enormous power and influence (both in theology and in administration/ finance) over global Christianity. This is due not only to a relative lack on the part of the Western churches of knowledge or attention to Asian counterparts, but also to a relative lack of effort or interest on the part of the latter to, coming out from their own g(local) contexts,h gspeak backh to the former and to engage them in a serious conversation.
Amidst this situation, Asian Christian Review aims at fostering intellectual exchanges among Asians as well as between Asians and non-Asians (particularly Westerners) in order that they together gdo theologyh in and about the present (global and local) situation, and envision the future of Christianity in Asia and elsewhere. Such an endeavor is not meant to replace the gWestern hegemonyh with the Eastern one, but rather to promote the much needed sharing of treasure among all Christians on earth for the sake of a better proclamation of and witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.
Kiyoshi Seko
Editor
February, 2007