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How Asian is Asian Theological Education?

Author: Larry Caldwell
Date: August 1st, 2012
Key Words: Asian theological education, colonisation, faculty development, contextualised curricula, urban poor, border pedagogy.

The mandate of the Asia Theological Association is to ‘serve the Church in Asia in equipping the people of God for the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ.’ How well has the ATA equipped Asian Christians for ministry in the Asian context in light of its mandate? ­– or ‘How Asian is Asian theological education?’ This article seeks to answer this question by framing it within the larger Asian context in which ATA-associated theological training programs have arisen. Then, two more specific questions are asked: 1. Are the faculty in ATA institutions adequately trained for the realities of their Asian context? and 2. Are the courses and curricula in ATA institutions truly contextualised for the Asian context? The article concludes by suggesting practical steps seminaries in Asia could take to help make their theological education more Asian and more relevant for their Asian contexts.


From Tending the Seedbeds: Educational Perspectives on Theological Education in Asia (pp. 23-45). (Editor: Allan Harkness; Manila: Asia Theological Association; 2010.) Permission to upload this chapter onto this site has been granted by the Asia Theological Association. Printed copies of the book can be purchased from the Asia Theological Association (Email: ataasia@gmail.com; Website: www.ataasia.com).






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