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The Loyola School of Theology invites you to the oral defense of the STL Tesina entitled "A Theology of Faith-Culture Encounter and its Application to the Chinese Culture of Dao and De" by Fr. Linyi Zhai, S.J. on August 10, 2016 (Wednesday), 2:00 pm, at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor Loyola School of Theology.  The Board of Examiners is composed of Dr. Joaquin Yap, Jr., S.W. (Principal Examiner), Fr. Hartono Budi, S.J., Th.D. (Adviser), and Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., Ph.D.  The defense is being held in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Licentiate in Sacred Theology with field of specialization in Systematic Theology.  It is open to the public.
Abstract:  This thesis is an attempt to develop a theology of faith-culture encounter and to apply it to the Chinese context in which Christianity is generally regarded as a foreign religion. It argues that the relationship between faith and culture must be dialogical and a contextual theology is derived from their dialogical encounter. The thesis focuses mainly on the encounter between the notions of Dao and De from Laozi's Dao De Jing which are deeply embedded in the Chinese way of living and thinking as well as in the Christian revelation of Jesus Christ and the Christian understanding of human sin. The Chinese face of Jesus is revealed and the Chinese understanding of human sin makes sense from this Christian-Dao theology. Finally, the parallel understanding of ecological crisis between Pope Francis in Laudato Si' and Laozi in Dao De Jing illustrates a mutual enrichment to both the Christian faith and Chinese culture. 
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