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date: 20 March 2019

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The introduction to Part II presents a cross-cultural understanding of Christianity in Asia. By looking at the theological trends through history, a common perception can be seen that brings together theologies from different parts of the continent. The introduction compares Asian theology with Western theology and describes theology in Asia as largely dependent on metaphors, symbolisms, and narratives to make its teachings as close to real life as possible. Of course, Asian theology is also rooted in Asian traditions, including its several expressions such as Minjung theology, Dalit theology, and theology of the homeland. The introduction also shows how Christianity adapted to Asia’s local context; forms of Christianity have emerged in the continent and have been referred to as “forms of indigenous Christianities,” which require different methodologies.

Keywords: cross-cultural understanding, theological trends, Asian theology, Western theology, metaphors, symbolisms, narratives

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