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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koyana This would mean that we are taking the food to encourage defilements. God, in His passionate love, overcomes His passionate and holy wrath, and embraces us in love rooted in pain.

Kosuke Koyama (Author of Water Buffalo Theology)

Long before many others in North America were talking about religious pluralism, Ko was teaching Christian seminarians that there was much they had to learn from the world’s diverse religious traditions, and he was leading classes into neighborhoods of New York City to visit diverse religious communities that were flourishing there. 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.

A strong United States and a strong Christ! The God Who is Impassioned.

God has entered history, which is the record of His activity. The Church lives with the crucified mind. To come as a servant, in brokenness, with a goal to love rather than a goal to convert, is kosuek Christ-like way. And this creativity is called eschatological since it brings to us an unexpected salvation.


I decided that the greatness of theological works is to be judged by the extent and quality of the service they can render to the farmers to whom I am sent. The goal is to become freed of all attachments, indeed of all existence. It is this relationship on the periphery that His mind is occupied with. When one looks at the various sectors of Asia, for example, each has a history of various encounters with the West which also need to be interpreted.

In His self-denial He is exalted, and those who take up their cross with Him are healed and restored.

We are still today all of these things to God. Jesus Christ, faced by the reality of his neighbour, accepted the koosuke the neighbour made on him.

It is this homeless Christ who represents 8, cultural contexts in the world today. At every point where society proved to be a failed community, at every point where community failed to be a reconciled community, at that point Jesus directed both his wrath and his mercy. In the East, the distinction between divinity deva, sura, kami and humanity is not drawn. koyaja

Kosuke Koyama

Placed in the context of our relationship with God, the God of history, these doctrines then too become historicized. Now we are speaking about eschatology that embraces. It is a spiritual speed. Thus in actuality it is not birth, aging, or death that are suffering, but rather the mistaken concept that this birth is my birth, that this aging is my aging and that this death is my death that leads to suffering.


Following the war, he enrolled in Tokyo Union Theological Seminary, graduating in Professor Emeritus of World Christianity. In Koyama moved again, this time to New Zealand, where he took up the post of lecturer in phenomenology of religion at the University of Otago, in Dunedin. It is the noble Eightfold Path: When the cosmological embraces us there would be no judgment implied.

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He is the holy God. When we hear or see it is really only the mental state that hears or sees. Issues of environment, of community, of war and nuclear holocaust all are images for Koyama of the finite being pushed to the level of the infinite, and thus examples of the sin koywma idolatry.

The people to whom we have been sent must be a central focal point.

He was named as an important figure for the development of a world Christianity. Hearkening back to Kazoh Kitamori: It forbids us to base our life on ideology rather kosume theology.

An important element is missing.