As we live in a constantly changing world where we experience various important cultural paradigm shifts, Christianity is always challenged to rediscover its roots through repentance, renewal and reform with the changes of human culture and social reality. Recent epistemological attention has shifted toward critical awareness of the local. It is now widely acknowledged that context always plays a key role in meaning, and that contexts are not single or uniform, but complex, and often plural (Schreiter, Bevans). For a very long time, Christianity has been inextricably bound in the Global North (Europe and North America). The growth of churches in the Global South (Africa, Asia, Latin America) in the past century has moved the center of gravity in the Christian world to the south (Jenkins 2002). In today’s world, it is no longer tenable, either from within or from without, to characterize Christianity as a Western project, or to think of it in Western categories alone (Bediako 2004). Hence, the overall aim of this conference is to learn from multiperspectival, multidisciplinary and multicultural/religious voices in order to further articulate a Filipino Christology. The conference invites essays that engage with Christology and related issues (e.g. Soteriology). The specific interests are the epistemological paradigm and local theory of knowledge and cognition that shapes these unique local images of Christ. What are the local hermeneutical assumptions and principles for doing Christology in the Philippine contexts? We are seeking as wide a range of voices to be present as possible. We are interested on the following themes and issues in particular, although the organizing committee is happy to consider other topics as well:
- Readings of the concepts of Christ found in the Biblein the Philippine contexts.
- Culturally, what are some distinct Filipino concepts of Christ? Multidisciplinary (e.g. theologial, anthropological, etc.,) discourse on Christology as developed by different cultural perspective (e.g. Manobo, Maguindanao, Black Nazarene, etc.) would be a welcome subjects for papers. What are some issues, challenges and insights encountered in these different images of Christ?
- Doing Christology with the Chinese Filipino community.
- Due to the location of the conference, particular interest lies in Filipino Muslims theology of Isa al-Masi. What are the images of Christ developed by followers of Isa al-Masi? What are some of the methodological steps and hermeneutical principles that shape their efforts?
- Multidisciplinary assessment (e.g. theological, anthropological, psychological, etc.,) on issues, challenges and insights of multi-religious identity (e.g. dual religious belonging), especially in the context of Christian-Islam encounter.
- Jesus’ claims that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). How is the reality and hope of salvation in Jesus Christ expressed amongst those who believe in Christ but are of different religious affiliation? An assessment or comparative approach on Soteriological issues pertaining to their context. What are some unique Filipino readings on salvation?
- Is syncretism merely a problem for those in privileged places within Christianity (Boff), or part of the natural and inescapable reality of the incarnation of the Gospel within a particular context? Particularly within the context of developing local concepts of Christ, is syncretism primary a Western concept or does it have some merit with local theologizing in the Philippines?
- Jesus Christ and Cults in the Philippines (e.g. Pastor Quiboloy)
- Postcolonial readings of Christ in the Philippines.
- Towards a Filipino Diaspora Christology
We cordially invite Filipino artists and song writers to present their painting on Christ and if possible, their written reflections on it.
The call of paper for the conference is now closed. We do not accept any more presenters.