Christian Theology in Asia

A Conversation Between Bishop Thomas Dabre and Peter C. Phan

July 29, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Rev. Thomas Dabre is bishop of the Diocese of Poona, India. Active in interfaith dialogue, Bishop Dabre was previously a professor of systematic theology at the Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth. Peter C. Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought in the Georgetown University Department of Theology and Religious Studies and a faculty fellow at the Berkley Center. His research deals with the theology of icons in Orthodox theology, patristic theology, eschatology, the history of Christian missions in Asia, and liberation, inculturation, and interreligious dialogue.

This conversation focused on how theology should be done today in the sociopolitical, economic, cultural, and religious contexts of Asia, in particular India. It began with an explanation of Phan's theological work. Dabre then engaged in a discussion with Phan on themes such as the application of the scientific category of "paradigm shift" to theology, the distinction between faith and theology, the necessity of a pastorally relevant theology, the dialogical model of Christian missions, and the kind of Christology that would be appropriate to the religiously pluralistic context of Asia.

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