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|Title: An Asian-American Theology of the Spirit
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2022
|Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
Weight: 4 ounces
Series: My Theology
Stock No: WW484510
Spirit Life centers on the Spirit as an avenue for better understanding God and reconciling with our faith. The Spirit is present in the Old Testament as ruach and in the New Testament as pneuma. When the field of theology was prominently German-led, theologians used the word geist to talk about the spirit. As an Asian-American theologian existing in the liminality between multiple cultural spheres, Kim finds it necessary to retrieve and disseminate Asian words and religious symbols into the mainstream discourse to revolutionize the accessibility and global understanding of God today. One important Asian concept is chi, translated as wind, breath, spirit, energy, much like ruach, pneuma, and geist. Chi is a fitting term for coming to know God as the Spirit as it effectively conveys God's presence in the world. As such, we can move toward a nondualistic theology that provides an abundant space for everyone, including the marginalized and the subordinated, paving a path toward liberation and radical demarginalization.
In the My Theology series, the world's leading Christian thinkers explain some of the principal tenets of their theological beliefs in concise, pocket-sized books.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim was born in Korea, was educated in Canada, and now teaches in the United States. She is professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. She is the author or editor of twenty books, including Hope in Disarray (2020), Intersectional Theology (2018), and Planetary Solidarity (2017). She is a coeditor for the series Asian Christianity in the Diaspora. Kim is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister and writes for Sojourners, Wabash Center, Baptist News Global, and Feminist Studies in Religion, and has published in TIME, Huffington Post, Christian Century, US Catholic Magazine, and The Nation.
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