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TASK 15.

CHRISTIANITY AND ASIA


DIANA CATHERINE BARAHONA GARCIA
ENGLISH II

A critical issue for Asian Christians
It is important to be aware and know the differences that distinguish us from Asia, their culture,
their language, their customs and their various forms of spirituality to understand the fundamental
question of Christianity in Asia. The different religions of Asia have traveled in over time and have
left their mark on the history of these nations and their generations to political, economic and
geographical level, but it changes according to the modernity of the time, have transformed the
religiuos beliefs of this part of the world, seen today in the growth that the Christian religion is
having in parts of Asia. Factors such as education, language, technology, and other aspects of global
order, called attention to the new generations and are attracted to this new experience of faith in
Christianity.

However, when the incoming segment is reached, surely will be offset by the fundamentalists of
other religions, there emerge some fundamental questions for Christianity in Asia. The strong
ancestral roots govern all the idiosyncrasies of a country, in their different ways, spirituality is
strongly linked to other areas of society, in turn, is crucial for any type of relationship with the
environment. Well Kng
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formulates a programmatic phrases which may depend on the survival of
the human species:
Not there will be peace between
Nations without peace among religions.
There will be no peace between
religions without dialogue between the religions.
There will be no dialogue between the religions
If the fundamentals are not investigated religions.

Is precisely the ignorance of the religious foundations which generates more conflicts. Trying to
christianize a continent as old, as also are their religions, it is believed that Asian values can not be
easily replaced by a Western culture, therefore the growth of the Christian religion gets involved in
an atmosphere of constant threat, scorn and rebuke. This has generated a very heartfelt in believers
needs, whereby Asian theology has addressed the problem from a perspective liberationist, using
the concepts of indigenization and contextualization to justify the development of their theologies
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.

Many theologians, for example, hold that God's revelation came in Scripture through a cultural
especific form, as in the New Testament, when God used Jewish and Hellenistic cultures to register
his revelation. Therefore, the Gospel should be translated also in particular forms of Asian cultures,
and therefore many theologies are intended to represent Asian cultural forms.

In this way, the proliferation of theologies of Asia will continue to increase dramatically and very
likely will multiply in the future. This undoubtedly will produce a huge impact, as well as the
conflicts and confusion in theological institutions and Christian churches in Asia.

1
KNG, Hans. EL ISLAM. Historia, presente y futuro. 2004. pp.9.
2
BELIEVE. Religious Information Source. Web-site http://mb-soft.com/believe/tsom/asian.htm