Sebastian Kim | On theology in the public square, and on Christianity as a world religion

Feb 24, 20170 comments

Sebastian Kim and Graham Hill discuss “Theology in the public square, and Christianity as a world religion.”

Sebastian Kim is Assistant Provost for the Korean Studies Center at Fuller Seminary, and Professor of Theology and Public Life. Sebastian Kim joined the Fuller Seminary faculty in 2017, coming from York St John University in the UK where he held the chair in Theology and Public Life in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Philosophy for 12 years. He also served as a University Head of Research and director of the Centre for Religion in Society. Prior to joining York St John University, he was director of the Christianity in Asia project and taught world Christianity in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He also taught at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and was interim director of the Henry Martyn Centre and Henry Martyn Lecturer at the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Dr. Kim’s scholarship interests include public theology, world Christianity, Asian theologies, and theology and peace building. He has authored four books: A History of Korean Christianity(Cambridge University Press, 2015), Theology in the Public Sphere: Public Theology as a Catalyst for Open Debate (2011), In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India(Oxford University Press, 2005), and Christianity as a World Religion (2nd ed., Bloomsbury, 2016). Books he has edited include A Companion to Public Theology (Brill, 2017), Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and the Public Sphere(Routledge, 2014); Building Communities of Reconciliation: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverend Kyung-Chik Han(Nanumsa, 2012); and Christian Theology in Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Kim is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, an executive committee member of the Global Network for Public Theology, a member of the Society for Study of Theology, and editor of the International Journal of Public Theology.

Two of Kim’s monographs (A History of Korean Christianity and Christianity as a World Religion) were coauthored with his wife, Kirsteen Kim, professor of theology and world Christianity in Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. They are the proud parents of two grown children.

Dr. Kim’s CV and a list of current publications can be found here.

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