Hope For The World
Chris Wigram reviews Ronald Chia's book about Christian hope
The aim of the books in this series is to encourage theological voices from the parts of the world where the church is vibrant and growing. It is particularly important to hear from these centres of Christianity. However, I must confess to being a little disappointed by this effort from Asia.
The subject of hope is such an important one that I was hoping for more detailed interaction throughout the theological sections of the book as to the implications of hope in the Asian context. Instead the book is introduced and concluded with reflections on the local context. These are satisfactory but the theological sections in between lack a specifically Asian viewpoint. These sections could have been written by any western theologian and unfortunately much of the scholarship was based on quite dated material but that is no reason for not persisting with an important series of books.