Dr. Kosuke Koyama, a theologian internationally known for using arresting metaphors drawn from his experience as a missionary to convey an. KOSUKE KOYAMA: WATERBUFFALO THEOLOGIAN An investigation into the theology of Kosuke Koyama by Gaylan Mathiesen A report submitted for the class . About Kosuke Koyama: Koyama was born in Tokyo in , of Christian parents. He later moved to New Jersey in the United States, where he completed his B.

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Kosuke Koyama

Retrieved April 1, Kpyama shall be unable to prevent defilements if we have this attitude. In the East history is hot but the gods are cool. During his years at Union, Koyama brought together the disciplines of mission studies, ecumenical studies, and the study of world religions in creative and at times courageous ways.

Luther combated this kosukf with a theologia crucis, and Koyama calls us to do the same. Another reason for this stylistic approach can certainly be attributed to his belief that Christianity is something to be experienced. The harnessing of spiritual energy to meet the challenges in this life is called tapas.

Koyama also spoke at a conference in Edinburgh inin which he described God as “a hot God”, suggesting a certain dynamic quality to the attributes of God. When we hear or see it is really only the mental state that hears or sees. We celebrate his intercultural, interconfessional, and interreligious theological contributions and imagination.

How strange is the faith, he says, that focuses on a broken and crucified Christ. It is fleshing kisuke the Gospel for the people kyoama have been sent to. It judges, but it also supplies the hope of a solution. At times we can act very much out of character from what God has created us to be.


Kosuke Koyama (Author of Water Buffalo Theology)

Mount Fuji and Mount Sinai. The God Who is Continuous. An African proverb states that “borrowed garments never fit a person well, they are usually either too tight or too loose; proper fitting is achieved when one wears one’s kosue clothing. And this creativity is called eschatological since it brings to us an unexpected salvation.

We are not fitted for isolation. Now we are speaking about eschatology that embraces.

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I decided that the greatness of theological works is to be judged by the extent and quality of the service they can render to the farmers to whom I am sent. One of his most well-known books, “Water Buffalo Theology”, was described as “ecological theology, liberation theology and kiyama to Christian-Buddhist dialogue”. What now, O monks, is the noble truth of Suffering? And we look forward to talking with him again at the banquet table where he always taught that we would one day be seated.

This brokenness, an image also used in Mahayana Buddhism from time to timeis creative. God is deeply engaged in history—He is ruling in history. The God of the Old and New Testament is radically different. A Model for Intercultural Theology, p.

Having grown up in Japan he already came out of a context rich in Buddhist thought.

This coupled with the fact that the education he was receiving was heavily oriented to the West left Koyama unsettled. After teaching at a theological seminary in Thailandhe koyaja the executive director of Association of Theological Schools in Southeast Asia with his office in Singapore from toand the editor of Southeast Asia Journal of Theology, and the Dean of Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology.


The Gospel, by nature is controversial. A fellow student at Princeton, Lois Rozendaal, became his wife. Context is incredibly complex. I must become totally apathetic to the process of eating, kosyke it is solely for the purpose of satisfying an illusory hunger of an illusory being.

In my view this is the heart of the Christina sacrament of eucharist. It means that man breaks his covenant relationship with God through his changeable and transitory devotion to God.

The periphery is not a forsaken place.

This uniqueness, however, does not diminish his stature or level of contribution to his field. The self-denying missionary has worked hard to overcome that. He told the monk about crusades for Kosule Christ and the monk looked puzzled.

Joyama often reflected through the years on the significance of this experience of being baptized into “the religion of the enemy. Introduction to the Background of Kosuke Koyama Kosuke Koyama has been a key architect in the concept of contextualization of the Christian message for over thirty years.

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