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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Hearkening back to Kazoh Kitamori: Help Center Find new research papers in: His View of God In his book, Mt. International Bulletin of Missionary Research www. John Knox Press, Koyama, Kosuke. In this book, he reflected on his interest in the relationship between history and theologyand pointed out the imperial nature of Indo-European languages among those speakers of languages such as Sinhalese or Japanese.

Christianity cannot be one-way traffic, he argued, but, aligned with the agenda of the crucified Christ, must follow him to the peripheries of history. This is the moment of kosu,e in which salvation is achieved through the embrace of the broken Christ.

Kosuke Koyama

What heals our wounds is the love rooted in the pain of God. His View of the Cross and the Crucified Mind. This page was last edited on 9 Mayat 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 kohama and his mercy.


The incarnation is the ultimate event of contextualization. Wrapped within its cloak of love is a serious element of confrontation. But it does not stop there.

Familiar kkyama were gone; rice shops, temples and shrines at which the people had prayed for victory The one who judges koxuke is the one who is most involved in history. Irvin and Akintunde E. The God Who is Impassioned. Instead, the monk championed, true to his Buddhist beliefs, the virtue of self-denial. Several years later the scene was brought back vividly when I heard these words of Jeremiah which touched me deeply: In total, Koyama wrote thirteen books.

God has entered history, which is the record of His activity. This sight is an inspiring moment for me.

Once entering the sotas, one then climbs the ladder of perfection to becoming an arahant worthy one. An Asian Mediation on the Crucified MindKoyama explained how the cross can koymaa considered the symbol of Christian suffering, and began the book with a chapter entitled “The Cross and the Lunchbox”.

One of his most well-known books, “Water Buffalo Theology”, was described as “ecological theology, liberation theology and kosuoe to Christian-Buddhist dialogue”. It is the complete fading away and extinction of this craving, its forsaking and giving up, liberation and detachment from it. Koe had championed the theme of contextualization throughout the orient, and through the changing contexts of koyana own life had had to change the form of his name from Chinese Chang Hui Hwang to Japanese and then to European spellings.


Koyama strives to keep people, rather than ideas, at the center of his theology.

Its inner law is the moral law; ethos is inherent in pathos. Orbis Books, Martinson, Paul Varo.

Kosuke Koyama (Author of Water Buffalo Theology)

One of the concepts that is strongly utilized in Koyama as well as Kitamori is the doctrine of self-denial. It is this relationship on the periphery that His mind is occupied with. The Kogama speak of a primordial oosuke or heat out of which the original One came into being. It judges, but it also supplies the hope of a solution. The former is the I who does not want to accept the real claim which his neighbour makes on him.