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Urban Christian Spirituality

East Asian and Nordic Perspectives

Knut Alfsvåg and Thor Strandenæs

This book explores some of the challenges presented to church and mission from the contemporary culture of globalization and how this affects Christian spirituality in various ways. The attention is primarily focused on contemporary East Asian urban life, but from the assumption that this may not be all that different from what is experienced in urban contexts in other parts of the world. The authors all share an affiliation with institutions related to the Norwegian Mission Society and its work in East Asia.
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Knut Alfsvåg (ThD) is professor of systematic theology at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway, Professor of Church History at Kobe Lutheran Seminary, and a former missionary to Japan. His research focus has been on the understanding of the relation between God and the world in both an historical and contemporary perspective. His publications include Kyokai no rekishi: Shitojidai kara genzai made no sekai ni okeru kyoukai no hatten (The history of the Church: Its worldwide development from the time of the apostles until today, Kobe, 2002), What no mind has conceived: On the significance of Chistological apophaticism (2010), “Postmodern epistemology and the mission of the church” (2011), “On the Unexpectedness of Salvation in Maximus, Cusanus and Luther” (2012).

Kari Storstein Haug (PhD) is an associate professor of missiology at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway. Her research focus has been on the relationship between Christianity and Buddhism in Thailand, with special regard to questions of contextualization, interreligious hermeneutics and dialogue. Has published Interpreting Proverbs 11:18–31, Psalm 73, and Ecclesiastes 9:1–12 in light of, and as a response to, Thai Buddhist interpretations: A contribution to Christian-Buddhist dialogue (2012). She is currently doing research on contemporary understandings of the Church’s mission.

Lap Yan Kung (PhD) teaches Christian ethics, religion and society, life education at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. His recent publications are “Conspiracy, Trust and Healthy Skepticism: The...

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