Contributors

S. wesley ariarajah is Professor of Ecumenical Theology at Drew University School of Theology, Madison, New Jersey, USA. Before joining Drew, he served the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland for sixteen years as Director of the Interfaith Dialogue Program and as Deputy General Secretary of the Council. His publications include Hindus and Christians — A Century of Protestant Ecumenical Thought, The Bible and People of Other Faiths, Not without My Neighbour — Issues in Interfaith Relations and Axis of Peace -Christian Faith in Times of Violence and War.

choong chee pang is Visiting Professor at Beijing University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was Principal of Trinity Theological College, Singapore and the Academic Consultant of the Lutheran World Federation. His latest publication includes a two-volume Chinese Commentary on John.

sathianathan clarke is Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC, USA. He taught theology for many years at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India. Dr Clarke has published numerous academic articles and is the author of Dalits and Christianity: Subaltern Religion and Liberation Theology in India (1998). He also co-edited Religious Conversion in India: Modes, Motivations, Meanings (2003).

hwa yung is Bishop of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He was Principal of Malaysia Theological Seminary and, later, the founding Director, Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. His writings have been mainly in the area of Asian missiology and theology, including Mangoes or Bananas? The Quest for an Authentic Asian Christian Theology (1997).

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Contributors jacob kavunkal is Professor and Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies at the Pontifical Athenaeum Seminary, Pune, India. He is a member of the Society of the Divine Word, holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Missiology from the Gregorian University, Rome and has published extensively on missiological topics. His latest publication is Vatican II: A Gift and a Task (2006). He has initiated a project to publish a one-volume Encyclopedia of Christianity in India. He is also the founder of the Fellowship of Indian Missiologists.

namsoon kang is Associate Professor of World Christianity and Religions at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, USA. Her expertise is in constructive theology, postcolonialism and feminism, world religions and ecumenics. She was one of the plenary speakers at the Ninth Assembly of WCC in 2006, Porto Alegre, Brazil. She is the author of 'Who/What is Asian?: A Postcolonial Theological Reading of Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism' in Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire (2004) and numerous books in Korean.

sebastian C. h. kim is Professor of Theology and Public Life in the Faculty of Education and Theology of York St John University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the author of In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India (2003). He was formerly Director of the Christianity in Asia Project and taught World Christianity at the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge. He is founding and current Editor of the International Journal of Public Theology.

archie C. C. lee is Professor at Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and author of many articles relating to interpretation, hermeneutics and contextual readings of the scriptures. He is currently involved in research projects on cross-cultural hermeneutics, and comparative scriptural studies in cultural contexts.

nozomu miyahira is currently Professor of Christian Theology and American Thought at Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan. His books written in Japanese include Contemporary American Theological Thought: Ideas of Peace, Human Rights and Environment (2004), The Gospel according to Matthew: Translation and Commentary (2006), Gospel Essence: Five Stories Presented to You (2004) and Gospel Forum: Five Stories Presented to You (2007).

Israel selvanayagam, from the Church of South India, has taught at Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, India, and at Wesley College, Bristol and the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, UK. For nearly six years he was Principal of the United College of the Ascension, one of the Selly Oak Colleges in Birmingham. At present he is the Interfaith Consultant for the Methodist Church, based in Birmingham.

m. thomas thangaraj is the D. W. & Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. After serving as a Minister in the Church of South India in the Tirunelveli area, Professor Thangaraj moved to teach at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, India from 1971 to 1988, before joining Emory. He has published widely both in English and in Tamil, including The Crucified Guru: An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Christology (1994), Relating to People of Other Religions: What Every Christian Needs to Know (1997) and The Common Task: A Theology of Christian Mission (1999).

david m. Thompson is Professor of Modern Church History in the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and former President of Fitzwilliam College. Recent publications include: Baptism, Church and Society in Modern Britain (2005); contributions to volumes 8 and 9 of the Cambridge History of Christianity (2006); Protestant Nonconformist Texts, volume 4: the Twentieth Century (with J.H.Y. Briggs and J. Munsey Turner) (2006); and Cambridge Theology in the Nineteenth Century: Enquiry, Controversy and Truth (forthcoming).

john A. titaley is Professor of Theology at the Graduate Program in Sociology of Religion in the Faculty of Theology, Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, Indonesia. He was the chairperson of the Association of Theological Schools in Indonesia 1994-2004. In autumn 2006 he was a visiting Professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Among his many writings are Toward a Contextual Theology of Religion and Asian Models of Religious Diversity: The Uniqueness ofIndonesian Religiosity.

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