A THEOLOGY OF RESPONSE

The Sociological Contingency
 of the Bible
 

BY

EDMOND ZI-KANG CHUA

(National University of Singapore,

Singapore)

 

 

COVER ART DESIGN: STAN DUCHÊNE

ISBN: 978-1-952799-39-6
2021

FROM THE SAME AUTHOR:

GOD-NESS, GOD-ITY, AND GOD

'Edmond Zi-Kang Chua’s magnificent book, ‘God-ness,’ ‘God-ity,’ and God, is worthy of being read not only by fellow Christians but any rational thinker interested in understanding the unique meaning of divinity. His meticulous scientific analysis based on Late Antiquity Christian readings, completed by writings from the late British theologian Colin Ewart Gunton; the late Scottish charismatic theologian Thomas Allan Smail; and the Eastern Orthodox metropolitan of Pergamon John Zizioulas, is a deep, powerful, and finally well balanced, reflection on the meaning of God within the Trinity dogma, seen not only as a substance, but also a dynamic, almost interactive, community.'

   

 

Doctrinal construction in mainstream Christian theology is predicated on the assumption that the Bible is to be read as a source of timeless doctrine. This premise is itself undergirded by a particular way of interpreting statements by Jesus to the effect that his is a religion which declares truth for all time and historical context.

 

Here is an exercise in constructive theology that revisits the idea of the Christian community and by implication Christian theology as a whole as excluding viewpoints not explicitly endorsed in the Scriptures, and as stating with utmost lucidity what God is and does. 

 

We conclude through our study of the Christian Scriptures that the doctrine latent therein is itself highly contextual. Such a dynamic and nuanced conception of the Bible does not leave believers without a reliable guide to faith and conduct, but indeed affords us a limitlessly flexible and protean view of the divine in relation to all of life that is able to address disparate situations and marginalised communities and persons traditionally and customarily thought to have little in common with, if not be outright opposed to, the goals of the Christian faith.

 

 

 

'Edmond Zi-Kang Chua's brilliant study is pioneering. It reminds me of Saint Augustine of Hippo clarifying how somebody could be a good Christian within the Roman Empire no matter what. It will help many marginalized persons not only find a place within the Christian community, but also reinvindicate it through a more modern approach of the Scriptures, in which the sociological contingency of the Bible must be the common factor.'

 
Alain Saint-Saëns,
Historian of Christianity,
author of The Longing for the Desert. The Eremitical Ideal

EDMOND ZI-KANG CHUA is an academic researcher in Systematic Theology, whose interests include a marginal and interfaith approach to the Bible and theology, the constitutive basis of this book.

    

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