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Asian American Panel Acknowledges Asian North American Theologies

A panel for Asian American studies from several universities and seminaries sought to acknowledge Asian North American theologies at this year's American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia, Pa. on No
( [email protected] ) Dec 06, 2005 11:35 PM EST

A panel for Asian American studies from several universities and seminaries sought to acknowledge Asian North American theologies at this year's American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia, Pa. on Nov. 20-22.

The Asian American Evangelical Theology panel brought their distinct voice to the table before a room of 82 people who stood to listen what they had to say.

The panel presented their perspective on the study of Asian American evangelical theologies by saying that Asian American theology is different, yet in line with mainline Protestantism and fundamentalist theological theories.

Questions that the panel addressed were "Why Asian American theologies?" to "How can an Asian North American evangelical theology be a prophetic voice to the evangelical church?" The panel also addressed questions on race, class and gender within the context of Asian North American theologies.

"For this promising start, the panelists hope to encourage other Asian American evangelical theologians and religion scholars" to engage in "Asian American contexts more deeply," the Asian American Center at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, said. AAC also played a role in organizing the panel together.

Jointly sponsoring the panel discussions were The Asian North American Religion, Society, and Cultures and the Evangelical Theology Groups.

The Chair was Paul C. H. Lim, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The panelists were Young Lee Hertig, from the Azuza Pacific University, Elizabeth Y. Sung, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Cat Ngoc Jonathon Tran, from Duke Divinity School, Amos Yong, from the Regent University School of Divinity, with the respondents Peter Phan, from Georgetown University, and Richard Mouw, from Fuller Theological Seminary.