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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As in the case of Kitamori, Koyama too sees this embracing in brokenness as having a healing power to it. What heals our wounds is the love rooted in the pain of God. Koyama published at least thirteen books, including “On Christian Life” currently available only in Japanese and over one hundred scholarly articles.


The periphery is not a forsaken place. His rich imagery, impressionism, and a lack of systematic order make him an unusual contributor to the field of theology. Man is to God dukkha, anicca and anatta. Only in this way is salvation in the name kowuke God possible. I decided to subordinate great theological thoughts, like those of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth, to the intellectual and spiritual needs of the farmers.

Self- denial for the Buddhist leads to extinction of self and all attachments. So we do not say simply that God loves us.

This is the surprise! There is a continuity between them.

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God touched the depths of identity of work, histories, nations, communities and individual persons in Jesus Christ who has gone to the utter self-denial. His View of Humanity In Koyama as well as in Kitamori the Zen flavor of thinking comes through in their writing as they often illustrate a truth through the contrasting of opposites. He does not create through any kind of sexual union, as the other gods do.


He koymaa the monk about crusades for Jesus Christ and the monk looked puzzled. Through arresting images and a profound sense of irony, he sought to move beyond rabid triumphalism and crusading ideology to realize in a fresh way what it means to “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” Phil.

Help Center Find new research papers in: Several years later the scene was brought back vividly when I heard these words of Jeremiah which touched me deeply: Koyama was an editor of the South East Asia Journal of Theologyfor which he himself wrote a considerable number of articles.

It is the complete fading away and extinction of this craving, its forsaking and giving up, liberation and detachment from it.

And this is the nerve-center of theology of the cross which judges our self-righteousness.

Christian ethics must be studied in the perspective of theology of the cross. God is to be unemployed! If we flee to someone or something else we are engaged in idolatry. There is a more complete breaking away from what has identified them as Japanese. At a time when many had no inkling regarding the importance of Christian voices outside the Western hemisphere, Koyama urged his listeners to take seriously the challenge of contextualization as it reshaped the Good News Christians had for the world.

It is this homeless Christ who represents 8, cultural contexts in koxuke world today. Through this methodology he can move us to places that can give us new perspectives on old truths, and sometimes even give us a view from a window that hitherto remained hidden to us behind heavy drapery.

He felt no 38 Kosuke Koyama, 50 Meditations. Koyama has some unusual giftings, bringing the ability to move freely and comfortably from the profound to the simple, and from the quaint or playful to the serious.

To be sub-human or inhuman would be the opposite of this: Koyama strives okyama keep people, rather than ideas, at the center of his theology.


That became the heart of his ecumenical theology. Ko himself was baptized at age fifteen, in the midst of World War II.

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Could we also say that in the cross He confronts and embraces them? This doctrine lends itself so beautifully to the theology of the cross. Remember me on this computer. How strange is the faith, he says, that focuses on a broken and crucified Christ. This coupled with the fact that the education he was receiving was heavily oriented to the West left Koyama unsettled.

In his work Waterbuffalo theology, Koyama goes to great lengths to demonstrate the fundamental difference of Buddhism and Christianity through the concepts of dukkha, anicca and related themes that Koyama uses. This is the character of Christian faith. 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.

He is moved to wrath at injustice toward the weak and the 44 Ibid. A monk should not move his hands and feet unnecessarily when going through a village. The cross, for Koyama, is not a bridge by which we easily cross from world over to the next.

When the cosmological embraces us there would be no judgment implied. It was his deep appreciation for the God who was revealed on Mount Sinai that drew him back time and again to a God who, in a favored figure, was “hot.

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