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Dr. Heup Young Kim will reflect on his spiritual journey that has led him to formulating a theology of dao. He argues that East Asian theological perspectives, as an antidote to Western modes of thinking, can present an alternative hermeneutic to the dualism inherited from Greek philosophy that still prevails in Western theologies. In and through deep Confucian-Daoist-Christian dialogue, Kim proposes a theological paradigm which can not only encompass these disparate traditions but also move beyond them into more fruitful theological, scientific, and ecological areas of reflection.
Heup Young Kim (GTU PhD, 1992) is the Distinguished Asian Theologian in Residence at the GTU in Fall 2019. He is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Kangnam University and President of Korea Forum for Science and Life, South Ko-rea. He has published extensively in the area of East Asian constructive theology, interreligious dialogue, religion and science, and ecology, including Wang Yang-ming and Karl Barth: A Confucian-Christian Dialogue, Christ and the Tao, and a Theology of Dao.
This project is sponsored by the GTU's Asia Project.