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Theses/dissertations - PhD(Theology)

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Jeremiah Chai-sei Chu (2015)

Hong Kong evangelical theology in the context of 1997: A study from 1982 to 1997 with critical theological reflections on its roots in the holiness-revival movement

Jeremiah's research is an exegetical, social and historical exploration of Hong Kong Evangelicals (HKEs) doing a 'theology of 1997' during 1982-1997. Although HKEs had long been emphasising Biblical faith, they neglected its contextualisation. However, they were given a chance for a theological breakthrough while facing the crisis of 1997. Jeremiah's findings are significant for HKEs and global Chinese churches. First, he suggests HKEs should be historically defined as 'second phrase denominations' (compared with Mainline churches as first phrase), with the majority coming from the American Holiness-Revival Movement, which was originally a social holiness movement, and these churches are capable enough to revive this tradition. Second, the issues surrounding 1997 can facilitate a unique political theology for HKEs without necessarily adopting the political theologies of the West, and especially by bringing an evangelical dimension to post-1997 Christian witness in Hong Kong and China.

Supervisor: Jason Yeung

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Roger Senior (2014)

The contextualisation of leadership in Paul's ministry and writings: A study with application to English-speaking Methodist churches in Peninsular Malaysia

The leadership in the Pauline churches of the New Testament was examined with the aim of identifying the theological principles which influenced the process of leadership contextualisation, as the churches both built on the leadership understandings prevalent in the contexts of the time, and also prophetically challenged and transformed them. These principles include Christ's unique position as ruler and mediator, his example of service and weakness, the sociality of the trinitarian God, and the truth of the gospel. In order to show the value of this research for today, district superintendents of the English-speaking Methodist churches of the TRAC Conference in Peninsular Malaysia were interviewed. These interviews indicate that the pastors are broadly following Pauline theological principles, but some areas in which more contextualisation could be stimulated are identified.

Supervisor: David Harley

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Paul R. Woods (2013)

The migration phenomenon in East Asia: Towards a theological response from God's people as a host community

This dissertation works towards a theological response from the East Asian church to intra-regional migration. It provides an introduction to migration theory and the experiences of people on the move, as the basis of a theological reflection.

Migration is a significant part of modern life, and the Asian church has begun to respond and reach out to migrants. However, this concern for the Other (someone different and distinct from oneself) is patchy and lacks robust theological foundations. Migration brings those in the host countries face to face with racial and social Others, who may face ill-treatment and exploitation, to which the church is sometimes perceived as indifferent. The principal motifs employed in the work are Otherness and liminality. Through these, this research explores the commandments in the Pentateuch which require fair treatment of the alien in Israel. A similar approach is applied to Christ's life and teaching and the example of the early church in the New Testament. The same motifs of Otherness and liminality are used to examine the status of God's followers before Him and other nations. The apparent tension in the Bible between social inclusivity and religious exclusivism towards aliens and religious Others is investigated by means of an attractive vector operating inside a space of acceptance to move non-believers towards faith in Yahweh. This space originates within the Godhead and extends out into the wider world. The church draws on the Triune God by a process of cascading, through which various aspects of His nature and experience flow down from Him, to the church and thence through it into the broader society. Finally, the work synthesises the findings from the scriptures into suggestions for a theological response from the church, as individuals and as a group within society, and gives some pointers towards concrete action within the transnational space.

Supervisor: Jonathan Ingleby




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