By Clive S. Chin

This publication evaluates the typical feedback that Christianity in Asia is westernized. because the Eighties, Asian evangelical theologians and missiologists argue that the intrusion of Western theology is liable for the Western and, accordingly, alien expressions of Christianity in Asia. but, in Singapore, the variety of Christians has elevated over the past few many years. Empirical facts demonstrates that more youthful chinese language Singaporeans convert from Buddhism or Taoism to Christianity in part simply because they understand it as a “rational” faith over Buddhism or Taoism, that are seen as “irrational” or “superstitious.” not just do many converts desire Christianity as a rational faith, yet they don't regard Christianity as a Western faith on the aspect in their conversion. What money owed for these contemporary developments?
This examine explores the methods of modernization and globalization as vital elements, impacting spiritual swap in Singapore. own, contextual, and structural components really impression one’s faith of selection. In facilitating potent challenge, one needs to qualify using the kinds, “Asian” and “Western,” simply because spiritual and cultural barriers overlap. What issues so much in missiology is discerning how the gospel of Jesus Christ engages the self-understanding and lived realities of ethnic and spiritual others in diversified cultural settings.

“In this conscientiously researched research, Dr. Clive Chin demanding situations a few dominant yet deceptive assumptions approximately Asian perceptions of Christianity. Drawing upon major fresh paintings within the sociology of faith in Asia and his personal huge interviews with younger chinese language Singaporean converts to Christianity, Dr. Chin has produced a wealthy and provocative paintings that clarifies the time table for contextualization of Christianity in Asia today.”
—Harold Netland, Professor of Philosophy of faith and Intercultural reviews, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Dr. Chin takes up during this paintings probably the most correct questions that sociology of faith and missiology in Asia are asking: what are the perceptions of Christianity as a rational or Western faith, and the way do these perceptions impression Christian conversion? Taking a multidisciplinary procedure, Chin’s examine makes an important contribution in the direction of answering those questions. This quantity beckons the eye of all who're attracted to the expansion of Christianity in Singapore and Asia today.”
—Craig Ott, Professor of challenge and Intercultural experiences, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Born in Hong Kong, raised within the usa, trained in US tertiary and theological associations, previously a pastor there and a instructor in South Korea, and almost immediately serving in Singapore, Dr. Clive Chin, a pupil of systematic theology and intercultural matters, is definitely situated to post his award-winning dissertation. interesting, enlightening, and edifying, this paintings is a considerable apologia for the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
—Michael Shen, relevant Emeritus, Singapore Bible College

Clive S. Chin is educational Dean and Professor of Theological and Intercultural reports at Singapore Bible university (SOTE). He holds PhDs from Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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