In this volume, an attempt is undertaken to highlight the genesis, progress, and transformation of Asian contextual theology of minjung, introducing its historical point of departure, its development, and its transformation in light of younger Korean and Korean American scholars' endeavors. In this regard, the new Asian contextual theology, which is emerging, strives to integrate both minjung and the wisdom of World Religions into its own framework and direction, assuming the character of a public theology and remaining humble and open before God's mystery while featuring its association with minjung in a holistic way.
Professor Paul S. Chung is assistant Professor of Lutheran Confessions and World Christianity. He came to Wartburg in 2005 after teaching at the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA. He is a widely known lecturer in South-Korea. In addition to being the author of Martin Luther and Buddhism: Aesthetics of Suffering, he has published many articles in Religious Journals, including Dialog, Theology and Science, and the Journal of Asian Theology. Chung is primarily interested in extending and deepening the horizons of Reformation theology in an Asian interreligious context. He teaches courses in Lutheran confessions, theology of mission, and Asian contextual Theology. His theological interests include the theology of Lutheran confessions, the theology of Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Asian Contextual Theology of Minjung and World Religions, and the Theology of Religions. He also has served 10 years as a parish pastor in the ELCA congregation of Orinda, California.