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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It is the noble Eightfold Path: They are not the same. I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger Jer. April,p. On my way to the country church, I never fail to see a herd of waterbuffaloes grazing in the muddy paddy field. But it does not stop there. The self-denying missionary has worked hard to overcome that.

The greatest love is revealed when one lays down his or her freedom out of love for another. Introduction to the Background of Kosuke Koyama Kosuke Koyama has been a key architect in the koyamx of contextualization of the Christian message for over thirty years. The incarnation is the ultimate event of contextualization.

These images of God serve as challenges, to stand against this self-righteousness as true righteousness. We must know the difference between the legalistic I and the missionary I.

This theological context changes the meaning of these three marks of man radically.

We must say that God loves us in spite of our rejection. The periphery is not a forsaken place. How then does Koyama propose that we bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world?

His willingness to be intimately involved in the history of man.

Kosuke Koyama – Wikipedia

The Church lives with the crucified mind. Koyama was born in Tokyo inof Christian parents. An Asian Meditation on the Crucified Mind. Through arresting images and a profound sense of irony, he sought to move beyond rabid triumphalism and crusading ideology to realize in a fresh way what it means to “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” Phil.

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As we kosu,e mentioned, his experiences from the war, as well as examples from his everyday life as a missionary and teacher often serve him in the development of theological reflection. This is the arahant-man. A koya,a United States and a strong Christ!

Click here to sign up. Referring to Micah 6: At a time when many had no inkling regarding the importance of Christian voices outside the Western hemisphere, Koyama urged his listeners to take seriously the challenge of contextualization as it reshaped the Good News Christians had for the world.

Koyama, however, was not content with being an erudite Western-educated theologian. Koyama published at least thirteen books, including “On Christian Life” currently available only in Japanese and over one hundred scholarly articles.

Kosuke Koyama (Author of Water Buffalo Theology)

The theological meaning of the brokenness in the depth of the work and person of Jesus Christ has been ignored.

In the East, the distinction between divinity deva, sura, kami and humanity is not drawn. 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. Retrieved from ” https: At times we can act very much out of character from what God has created us to be. Koyama takes these terms and reinterprets them in the light of Christian faith.

He then moves another step and suggests that our theology too needs to go to the periphery.

Kosuke Koyama

Irvin and Akintunde E. Eschatology instead refers to the meeting of God and His human creation. A missionary with a crucified-mind, a Christ-like neighbourology, will see the person in a straightforward manner. One of the concepts that is strongly utilized in Koyama as well as Kitamori is the doctrine of self-denial.


On this theme Koyama has referred to his spiritual mentor, Shoki Koe. The God of the Old and New Testament is radically different.

Article in PDF Back. But its character is determined by the places and the directions from which it blows. I became aware that the love of God—hesed, agape—is more of a zigzag than a straight line. Once entering the sotas, one then climbs the ladder of perfection to becoming an arahant worthy one. His paternal grandfather had become a Christian around the turn of the century, and his father had followed him in Christian faith.

When the cosmological embraces us there would be no judgment implied. There is a continuity between them. The former is the I who does not want to accept the real claim which his neighbour makes on him.

Christian koyaam must be studied in the perspective of theology of the cross. Bringing the best of theological thought to the level of the everyday person has koeuke a passion in his heart since his early days as a missionary in Thailand.

In his work Waterbuffalo theology, Koyama goes to great lengths to demonstrate the fundamental difference of Buddhism and Christianity through the concepts of dukkha, anicca and related themes that Koyama uses. No Handle on the Cross: Birth is suffering, old age is suffering, death is suffering, kouama, lamentation, pain, grief and despair are suffering.

What now, O monks, is the noble ooyama of Suffering?