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For All the Peoples of Asia: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences Documents from 1970 to 1991.

We are at the brink of the twenty-first century, and some maintain that it will be "the Asian century." In this perspective, the aspirations and initiatives, the pains of growth, and movements of Asian Christian communities invite--even demand--the interest and reflection of thoughtful Christians throughout the world. This volume of texts provides a privileged resource for such a reflection.

Edited by two prominent Asians, G. B. Rosales (Filipino bishop-theologian) and C. G. Arevalo (Jesuit systematic theologian and missiologist), For All the Peoples of Asia assembles the most important texts issued by the conferences, consultations, and assembles of the Federation of Asian Bishop's Conferences since its inauguration by Paul VI in 1970 in Manila. This compendium serves as a sourcebook for comprehending the dynamic development of mission, theology, church, dialogue, and evangelization in Asia's local churches.

The book contains the uniquely significant documents of the five FABC plenary assemblies held in Taipei, Calcutta, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Bandung. In addition, it also contains twelve documents on interrelogious and dialogue matters, seven on social action, and four each on the missionary and lay apostolates. Collectively, they constitute the resources for a perceptive look at the Asian church.

Many tropical items are presented: Asian Coloquium on Ministries in the Church, International Congress on Mission, FABC Documents Survey, and others. Two important introductory assays by Catalino Arevalo and Felix Wilfred (members of the FABC Theological Advisory Commission) provide an essential overview and framework for situating the FABC in the world of Asia and for comprehending specific documents. An extensive index is truly helpful in locating common themes dispersed throughout the fifty individual items collected in this volume.

Some minor deficiencies and inconsistencies appear. Yet, the remarkable theological vision that emerges from these documents is filled with great breadth, hope, and courage. Here is an "ecclesioloty of the Asian churches" arising from the life, experience, and reflection of Jesus' discipline in the part of the world that in previous centuries was called the Far East. Reading this collection will be joining the journey that the Roman Catholic communities in Asia have made in the post-Vatican II era.
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Author:Kroeger, James H.
Publication:International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 1993
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