Jump to navigation. Editor's note: "Take and Read" is a weekly blog that features a different contributor's reflections on a specific book that changed their lives. Good books, as blog co-editors Congregation of St. Agnes Sr. Dianne Bergant and Michael Daley say, "can inspire, affirm, challenge, change, even disturb. For Asians who did graduate studies in theology at Roman pontifical universities in the decade after the Second Vatican Council Aloysius Pieris' book, first published in German [ Theologie der Befreiung in Asien: Christentum im Kontext der Armut und der Religionen , Herder, ] and two years later in English [ An Asian Theology of Liberation, Orbis Books, ] was, for me at least, an intellectual bombshell.

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Pieris, Aloysius Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works about Aloysius Pieris. Most widely held works by Aloysius Pieris. An Asian theology of liberation by Aloysius Pieris 27 editions published between and in English and German and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide Pieris confronts two of the most urgent and complex questions facing Christians today - so many poor people and so many religions.

He believes that the approaches of the Christian Churches to these questions will determine whether Christianity will continue to have any relevance for Asia or not. Love meets wisdom : a Christian experience of Buddhism by Aloysius Pieris Book 11 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Fire and water : basic issues in Asian Buddhism and Christianity by Aloysius Pieris Book 9 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide "The depth and radicality that make Aloysius Pieris one of the most exciting and original Asian Christian thinkers today are well represented in Fire and Water.

Writing as an adept in Western as well as Buddhist philosophy, Pieris's insights bring into sharp focus the issues facing Christian theology, particularly in Christology and women's issues, in Asia today. An "Asian Christ," Pieris insists, links the paradoxes of a saving God revealed in the depths of ignominy, draws the believer to the depths of Asian spiritual wisdom, and fashions a way of life that will liberate the masses who live in poverty and powerlessness.

Pieris centers his attention on the Asian, and when the discussion is most concrete, South Asian dimensions of issues of religion, mission, Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and contemporary concerns, including human rights, women's issues and feminist theological critiques and the relation between spirituality and human liberation.

Almost one-third of the book deals with how Pieris has been affected by women's issues. Encounters with the word : essays to honour Aloysius Pieris S. The genesis of an Asian theology of liberation : an autobiographical excursus on the art of theologizing in Asia by Aloysius Pieris Book 2 editions published in in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Give Vatican II a chance : yes to incessant renewal, no to reform of the reforms : an appeal to the lay, religious and clerical leaders of the Asian churches by Aloysius Pieris Book 4 editions published in in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Studies in the philosophy and literature of Pali Abhidhammika Buddhism by Aloysius Pieris Book 4 editions published between and in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Frank's confessions : seven days from his diary by Aloysius Pieris Book 1 edition published in in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Providential timeliness of Vatican II : a long-overdue halt to a scandalous millennium?

A gist of Jesuitness : a thesis and a hypothesis by Aloysius Pieris Book 1 edition published in in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Prophetic humour in Buddhism and Christianity : doing inter-religious studies in the reverential mode by Aloysius Pieris Book 3 editions published between and in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Theologie der Befreiung in Asien Christentum im Kontext d. Armut u. Religionen by Aloysius Pieris Book 2 editions published in in Undetermined and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Mysticism of service : a short treatise on spirituality with a Pauline-Ignatian focus on the prayer-life of Christian activists by Aloysius Pieris Book 3 editions published in in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Woman and man in Buddhism and Christianity Book 5 editions published in in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

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Perspectives on Asian Liberation Theology. The balance of the content on this page is mirrored from the Tulana web site. Aloysius Pieris, s. Pieris finds himself in a situation where he has no choice but to face these two issues.


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One of the most important Catholic theologians in Asia, a man who is most decidedly a liberation theologian himself, is a Jesuit priest named Aloysius Pieris. He has been ignoring efforts by Rome to control him and his theological pioneering in Asia since he first took to heart a mandate that Pope Paul VI delivered to the Asian bishops in the early s. Paul VI said that the church should make an effort to understand the faith expressions native to their countries, their cultures, their races, and "draw nourishment from the genuine values of the venerable Asian religions and cultures. I wonder if that pope's words have had much impact on the investigators in the church's Ministry of Truth formerly the Holy Office of the Inquisition. They got after Pieris some decades ago for his writings on the genuine values he found in Buddhism and for some provocative added words on liberation theology.

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