Christianity is a journey of faith and not a destination. It is a journey of knowing
Jesus Christ, who is the very substance and core of Christian faith, in a most knowable
and coherent way possible. In this context, the Bible provides the basis for this
knowledge in the form of facts and guidelines which together form the doctrine of Christ,
also called as Christology.
The author here attempts to formulate an Asian Christology in line with the thoughts of
Fr. Tissa Balasuriya. Late Fr. Tissa Balasuriya was a leading and also one of the earliest
interpreters of Christ from an Asian perspective. Balasuriya was critical to the western,
traditional, classical interpretations of Christ that were indifferent and ignorant to the
contextual realities of Asia.
This scholarly research provides a lucid picture of how Asians respond and interpret
Christ in terms of their context. The author takes Balasuriya's model of interpretation to
provide what could be the basic thrust of Asian Christology. In the Asian context, Jesus
Christ is divine because he is human and he is human because he is divine. Hence, to make
it brief, Christology from below must start with Jesus Christ who is very much from the
people and for the people. Indeed, this makes God's incarnation in Christ more meaningful
and beautiful. Accordingly, Jesus is not only the son of God, but also had the human face.
The author concludes by saying that Asian Christology towards the 21st century is a
Christology `from below', and that Jesus of Nazareth was at the same time a Historic
person, Liberator and Cosmic Christ.
1. The Objectives of the Research Work
2. A Multi-Faceted Personality of Tissa Balasuriya and his Contributions to the
Theological Methodology for Doing Theology in Asia
3. Balasuriya's Re-interpreted Christology and its Liberation Motif
4. Balsuriya's Christology as Compared/Contrasted with Latin American and Asian (South
East/Far East Asia) Christologies
5. Balasuriya's Christology : An Appraisal
6. Summary and Conclusion : A Re-constructive Statement of Christology towards the
Rev. Dr. Jacob Mathew hailing from Kerala holds a PhD in Theology from
the Senate of Serampore College (University). He has been serving the Lord in various
capacities as Pastor and Teacher in different parts of India, mostly being in the Northern
one. He has been teaching both at Graduate and Post Graduate levels under Senate of
Serampore and ATA since 1999. He has also served in different positions like the Director
of Academics, Dean of Post Graduate Studies at New Theological College, Dehradun.
Dr. Jacob is presently a missionary in Silvassa (an Indian Union Territory of Dadra and
Nagar Haveli) and pioneering a ministry called `Adarsh', a Christian Mission of
Counselling & Social Outreach. He was also the Principal of Fellowship Ashram
Theological College, Silvassa.
He has authored a number of articles and book reviews in different Journals and
Magazines of national and international repute. His area of interests includes
Asian/Indian Christian theology, Ecumenical theology, Studies on Pentecostal theology in
Asian theological discussions, etc.
Dr. Jacob is married to Bency and they are blessed with three children, Jannie, Jemy
and Joash. The author can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.