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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He does not create through any kind of sexual union, as the other gods do. The New York Times. Through this methodology he can move us to places that can give us new perspectives on old truths, and sometimes even give koauke a view from a window that hitherto remained hidden to us behind heavy drapery. No Handle on the Cross: The self-denying missionary has worked hard to overcome that.

In No Handle on the Cross: Man kosuje to God dukkha, anicca and anatta.

When we hear or see it is really only the mental state that hears or sees. The God of the Old and New Testament is radically different. Koyama was born in in Tokyo into a Christian family. My emotions are agitated all together.

Christianity cannot be one-way traffic, kkyama argued, but, aligned with the agenda of the crucified Christ, must follow him to the peripheries of history. He was named as an important figure for the development of a world Christianity.


Koyama was born in Tokyo inof Christian parents.

Kosuke Koyama (Author of Water Buffalo Theology)

New York, New York: Luther combated this problem with a theologia crucis, and Koyama calls us to do the same. After graduating from Princeton with a dissertation on Luther’s interpretation of the Psalms, Koyama was sent by his home church, the United Church of Christ in Japan Kyodanas a missionary to the Church of Christ in Thailand. Indeed, we question whether we can find hope in the broken 52 Ibid.

A Theology of World Religions.

Kosuke Koyama

I became aware that the love of God—hesed, agape—is more of a zigzag than a straight line. 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. Serving as a pastor in northern Thailand, he found himself in theological conversation not only with Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and Karl Barth, who had been his interlocutors at Princeton, but also with the farmers who now made up his congregation.

In total, Koyama wrote thirteen books. An Asian Mediation on the Crucified MindKoyama explained how the cross can be considered the symbol of Christian suffering, and began the book with a chapter entitled “The Cross and the Lunchbox”. His View of God In his book, Mt.

We must know the difference between the legalistic I and the missionary I. How then does Koyama propose that we bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world? The monk indicated that if one felt a need to crusade, then one was not a true disciple. Koyama comments, Ad deum contra deum confugere. Suppose we take food for the sake of its flavour without further consideration, if it is not good, then aversion will occur.


He is survived two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren. They are not the same. What happened in to Japan has become a part of my Christian identity.

When the cosmological embraces us there would be no judgment implied. Our human drive towards fetishism, the boosting of the conditioned to unconditional, fetish approach to symbols and images What is important here is that Christianity teaches a new combination of the eschatological embracing us. Koyama strives to keep people, rather than ideas, at the center of his theology.

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In His self-denial He is exalted, and those who take up their cross with Him are healed and restored. The theological meaning of the brokenness in the depth of the work and person of Jesus Christ has been ignored.

International Bulletin of Missionary Research. That became the heart of his ecumenical theology. We now have a view from the periphery and must take the periphery seriously.