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date: 21 May 2019

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The General Introduction discusses how Asia’s deep-seated religious and cultural traditions have proven to be obstacles for the global expansion of Christianity, even though the continent is considered the cradle of Christianity. It cannot, however, be denied that Christianity has had an impact on Asian cultures and societies; the interaction between the two has led to events that have significantly transformed both. Christianity’s meeting with the ancient religious traditions of Asia, such as Buddhism, Daoism, and Hinduism, provides hope for global Christianity and opens up opportunities for global theological thinking. Asian Christianity is undoubtedly a vital aspect of theological philosophy, but existing scholarly studies on the subject are few and far between. The General Introduction endeavors to change this through a comprehensive mapping of Christianity’s current state in Asia.

Keywords: cultural traditions, global expansion, Christianity, cradle of Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism

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