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date: 07 August 2020

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This chapter focuses mainly on the grass-roots contribution to ecclesiology in Asia. A grass-roots approach assumes that theology arises as much from how being the church is practised as from how it is understood. In contrast, much ecumenical discussion tends to be confined to what theologians are saying about the church, and over the years what they are saying has become quite predictable. The study draws mostly from South and East Asia as materials from these regions are more readily available. But they exemplify broad patterns found in other regions such as South-East Asia.

Keywords: Asian ecclesiology, churchless Christianity, Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), indigenous theology, Pentecostalism, theological dialogue, Watchman Nee

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