From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology
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From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology  -     By: Sang Hyun Lee

From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology

Fortress Press / 2010 / Paperback

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Title: From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology
By: Sang Hyun Lee
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 0800696689
ISBN-13: 9780800696689
Stock No: WW696689

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Drawing on decades of teaching and reflection, Princeton theologian Sang Lee probes what it means for Asian Americans to live as the followers of Christ in the "liminal space" between Asia and America and at the periphery of American society. As one moves away from the societal center, either intentionally or by virtue of marginalization, one often finds oppression and dehumanization. Yet, Lee argues, one can also sometimes find liminality--a creative and edgy space with openness to the new, the emergence of community, and the ability to take a prophetic stance over against the status quo. For Lee, the liminal is key to the authentic calling and future of Asian Americans, other ethnic-racial groups and minorities, persons with mixed identities, and indeed all Christians.

From this insight, Lee unfolds a systematic theology. Searching the Gospels, one discovers that God became incarnate as a liminal and marginalized Galilean. Jesus the Galilean in his life and ministry widened the meaning of liminal creativity and exercised that creativity in embodying the boundary-breaking love of the Father. On the cross, he entered the ultimate space of liminality in which sinful humanity can experience communion with Christ. United in loving communion with God in Christ, Asian American Christians and all other believers are transformed into a new existence in which they are emboldened to struggle for justice and reconciliation. Asian American Christians, like the Galilean followers of Jesus, have the particular vocation to exercise the creative potentials of their liminal predicament and thereby to participate in God's own project of repeating in time and space the beauty of God's inter-Trinitarian communion.

Author Bio

Sang Hyun Lee is Kyung Chick Han Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary.

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