CRiS Publications

Selected Publications by CRiS Staff, Visiting Professors and Scholars:

Edited Books

Pauline C. H. Kollontai, Sue Yore and Sebastian C. H. Kim (eds),  (2017)

Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishing

Many of the conflicts between various groups of people, and the difficulties of restoring relationships between people, are due to the lack of understanding and ability to accept others.  The question ‘Who is my neighbour?’ challenges the way we see ourselves as well as the way we see others. This is especially the case in situations where we find ourselves between the conflicting interests of keeping self-identity and pursuing a common identity with wider society. What is the role of religion in all this?  Too often, religion has promoted an ‘us versus them’ attitude. However, religion could and should be able to contribute in conflict situations by utilising the strengths and positive aspects of religion. The aim of this volume is to examine resources, methodology and praxis for religions and religious communities to engage in peace-making and to participate in the public life of the wider society.

Sebastian Kim and Katie Day (eds) (2017)

 A Companion to Public Theology, Leiden: Brill.

This Companion to Public Theology brings a much-needed resource to this relatively new field. The essays contained here bring a robust and relevant faith perspective to a wide range of issues as well as foundational biblical and theological perspectives which equip theologians to enter into public dialogue. Public theology has never been more needed in public discourse, whether local or global. In conversation across disciplines its contribution to the construction of just policies is apparent in this volume, as scholars examine the areas of political, social and economic spheres as well as issues of ethics and civil societies, and draw on contexts from six continents.

Sebastian C.H. Kim, Pauline C. H. Kollontai and Sue Yore (eds), 2015

 Mediating Peace: Reconciliation through Visual Art, Music and Film, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press

This volume examines the role and contributions of art, music and film in peace-building and reconciliation, offering a distinctive approach in various forms of art in peace-building in a wide range of conflict situations, particularly in religiously plural contexts. As such, it provides readers with a comprehensive perspective on the subject. The contributors are composed of prominent scholars and artists who examine theoretical, professional and practical perspectives and debates, and address three central research questions, which form the theoretical basis of this project: namely, In what way have particular forms of art enhanced peace-building in conflict situations?, How do artistic forms become a public demonstration and expression of a particular socio-political context?, and in what way have the arts played the role of catalyst for peace-building, and, if not, why not?

Sebastian C. H. Kim and Andrew Chung Yoube Ha (eds), 2012

Building Communities of Reconciliation: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Rev. Kyung-Chik Han, Vol. I,  Seoul: Nanumsa

The three volume Building Communities of Reconciliation are collections of papers from the 'Rev. Kyun-Chik Han International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation' held in Seoul in 2010. Peace and Reconciliation is a vital theological concept: God reconciles himself with us in Chirst, and likewise, we are called to become reconciled with one another. But how can this theological understanding be applicable to peace and reconciliation between the two Koreas? In this volume, the contributors examine the life and teaching of Rev. Kyung-Chik Han.

Richard Noake and Pauline C. H. Kollontai (eds), 2012

Building Communities of Reconciliation: Christian Responses to Situations of Conflict, Vol. II, Seoul: Nanumsa

Global media communication has meant that many of the world's population are subjected to a daily onslaught of visual and aural news that brings the violence, degradation and inequality of the planet into our homes, our cars and our workplaces. Seeing and hearing the reports of humanity's inhuman actions towards each other, perpetrated because of conflicting and competing ideological, cultural, religious, racial and ethnic difference has become almost so common place that it often fails to register, fails to shock, fails to have meaning. That is why a book that details the events that have occurred in a variety of global contexts is important. For reading about the reality for peoples in conflict zones, is in itself, an act of engagement. The chapters in this book have been arranged in such a way as to focus on specific geographical contexts.

Pauline C. H. Kollontai and Victoria Nesfield (eds), 2012 

Building Communities of Reconciliation: Christian Theologies of Peace and Reconciliation, Vol. III, Seoul: Nanumsa

Faced with human suffering, people of faith must be engaged in peace-making and reconciliation in an attempt to provide an alternative way of being and living together by nurturing human qualities which promote and support the dignity of all life and respect and empathy for each other. The theological imperative why people of faith cannot turn away from evil and suffering of others lies in the teaching that only by loving people can we love God and that faith demands public witness to the justice and peace of God. In this volume the contributors focus on Christian theologies of peace and reconciliation, exploring these both textually and contextually in practice.

Sebastian C.H. Kim and Jonathan Draper (eds), 2011

Christianity and the Renewal of Nature: Creation, Climate Change and Sustainable Living, London: SPCK

Christianity and the Renewal of Nature is the result of the Ebor lecture series. The theme for the third series was ‘The Challenge of Climate Change’, which considered the roots and causes of the reality of climate change and looked at the implications of the crisis for future sustainable living on the planet.

Sebastian C. H. Kim and Jonathan Draper (eds), 2008

Liberating Texts? Sacred Scriptures in Public Life, London: SPCK

This volume is the result of the first series of the Ebor Lectures that seeks to exchange insights between academic and religious traditions and to build bridges between church and other religious groups. The lectures relate faith to public concerns including globalisation, climate change, terrorism, economic crisis, and the ‘good society’.  In Liberating Texts? representatives of the three great Abrahamic faiths reflect on the use and abuse of scriptures in public life. They ask: how can sacred texts be used to encourage respectful conversation and interaction among people in ways that illuminate and enhance public life? How do people negotiate their religious identity in relation to the meaning of their scriptures in ways that are both faithful to tradition and open to new insight? And how can sacred texts contribute to the way we deal with the key concerns of public life - hope, liberation, justice, identity and truth?

Sebastian C. H. Kim, Pauline C. H. Kollontai and Greg Hoyland, (eds), 2008

Peace and Reconciliation: in Search of a Shared Identity, Oxon: Ashgate

Establishing a shared identity is an important part of any process of peace and reconciliation. This book discusses issues and theories of identity formation that can be implemented for peace and reconciliation from the perspectives of theology and religious studies, whilst interacting with politics, socio-cultural studies and economics. By focusing on the theme of peace and reconciliation, and employing an interdisciplinary approach, this volume will make a significant contribution to the discussion of the situation of the Korean peninsula, and wider global contexts.

The volume explores theoretical issues such as political and economic implications of reconciliation; interfaith and biblical perspectives; and the role of religion in peacemaking. Furthermore the contributors examine practical implications of the theme in the contexts of Germany, Northern Ireland, South Africa, India, East Asia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Korean peninsula. The book offers invaluable insights for policy makers, academics, and lay leaders, besides being an important tool for researchers and students of theology, religion, sociology, politics and history.

Sebastian C. H. Kim and Pauline C. H. Kollontai (eds), 2007

Community Identity: Dynamics of Religion in Context, London: T&T Clark

Community Identity assesses the topic of identity from the perspectives of theology and religious studies. The understanding of 'identity' in relation to community is crucial in assessing the dynamics of modern and post-modern contemporary society. In this enriching volume Kim and Kollontai have collected a wide range of studies which comment on the significance of religion in the re-shaping of community identities.

An engagement with the concept of identity provides a deeper understanding of communal conflicts, the sources and aspirations of communities and the dynamics of the interaction between communities. Even though the issues affecting a community are often not exclusively 'religious' but entwined with other complex matters, situations become more acute when religious beliefs re-endorse or reinforce the legitimization of action against others. This valuable collection focuses upon the source of identity, the basic components of a sense of belonging and the way in which a community operates and interacts with other communities. As a result it provides not only an assessment of the causes of tensions between communities but looks forward to their possible resolution.

Katie Day, Esther McIntosh and William Storrar (eds) (2012) 

Yours the Power: Faith-Based Organizing in the USA, Leiden: Brill.

Despite shifts in the religious landscape in North America - reflected in the significant increase in those with no religious affiliation and emptier pews across the religious spectrum - there has also been a rise in participation in faith-based grassroots organizations. People of faith are increasingly joining broad-based organizing efforts to seek social change in their communities, regions and country. This unique volume brings together the most current thinking on faith-based organizing from the perspective of theologians, social researchers and practitioners. The current state of faith based organizing is critically presented, as it has evolved from its roots in the mid-twentieth century into a context which raises new questions for its philosophical assumptions, methodology, and very future.


Single and Joint Authored Books

Sebastian C.H. Kim (2014)

A History of Korean Christianity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

With a third of South Koreans now identifying themselves as Christian, Christian churches play an increasingly prominent role in the social and political eventsof theKoreanpeninsula. This volume, a comprehensiveand timely history of different Christian denominations in Korea, includes surveys of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions as well as new church movements.

Sebastian C. H. Kim, (2011)

Theology in the Public Sphere: Public Theology as a Catalyst for Open Debate, London: SCM

Theology in the Public Sphere discusses the nature, methodology and issues in formulating public theology, the engagement of living religious traditions with their public environment - the economic, political and cultural spheres of common life. Public theology has emerged as theologians wrestle with the problem of the privatisation of Christian faith and seek to engage in dialogue with those outside church circles on various issues, urging Christians to participate in the public domain. It provides an alternative mode of engagement to any form of monopoly in public life by promoting critical inquiry and open debate. This landmark volume outlines a constructive model of doing theology in the public sphere.

 Sebastian C. H. Kim (2005)

In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India, New Delhi & Oxford: Oxford University Press.

This builds on a historical account of Hindu-Christian debates from the days of the Raj and analyzes the later of later discussions in the Indian Parliament and also the roles of legislative measures adopted. The study seeks to reveal the major arguments against conversion, for it offers critiques of both while being cognizant of the several reinterpretations of conversion.

Richard Bourne & Imogen Adkins, (2017, In Press)

A New Introduction to Theology: Embodiment, Experience and Encounter, London: Bloomsbury.

Richard Bourne (2009)

Seek the Peace of the City: Christian Political Criticism as Public, Realist and Transformative Eugene: OR: Cascade.

Seek the Peace of the City provides a robust engagement with the theological foundations and practices of Christian social and political criticism. Richard Bourne identifies a theological realism found in the work of John Howard Yoder. This realism bases social and political criticism in the purposes of a nonviolent, patient, and reconciling God. Bourne develops this account and shows how it is consonant with aspects of the work of a range of contemporary theologians including Stanley Hauerwas, John Milbank, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In developing this theological realism, the book furnishes an account of Christian criticism capable of addressing key debates in contemporary theology and political theory.

Esther McIntosh (2011)

John Macmurray’s Religious Philosophy: What it Means to be a Person, Farnham and Burlington,VT: Ashgate.

 Recent dissatisfaction with individualism and the problems of religious pluralism make this an opportune time to reassess the way in which we define ourselves and conduct our relationships with others. The philosophical writings of John Macmurray are a useful resource for performing this examination, and recent interest in Macmurray's work has been growing steadily. A full-scale critical examination of Macmurray's religious philosophy has not been published and this work fills this gap, sharing his insistence that we define ourselves through action and through person-to-person relationships, while critiquing his account of the ensuing political and religious issues.

Sue Yore (2009)

The Mystic Way in Postmodernity, Oxford: Peter Lang.

This book challenges experiential, esoteric and colloquial understandings of mysticism by bringing a fresh relevance to the term through an interdisciplinary dialogue between literature, mysticism and theology in the context of postmodernity. The author takes selected writings of Iris Murdoch, Denise Levertov and Annie Dillard, and incorporates them into various stages of a redesigned mystic way. The fourteenth-century mystic Julian of Norwich is invoked throughout as a role model whom these three writers seek to emulate as popular writers, contemplatives and theologians. As theologians who are concerned with the pressing issues of our age, Grace Jantzen, Dorothee Soelle and Sallie McFague are drawn on as conversation partners to complete the three-way discussion. The author maintains that understanding the writing and reading of creative texts in the context of practical mysticism facilitates an integrated approach to the use of literature for theological expression.

Malcolm Grundy (2015)

Multi-Congregation Ministry: Theology and Practice in a Changing Church, Norwich: Canterbury Press.

Malcolm Grundy (2011) 

Leadership and Oversight: New Models for Episcopal Ministry, London: Bloomsbury

Malcolm Grundy (2007)

What's New in Church Leadership? Norwich: Canterbury Press.


Recent Journal Articles and Chapters

Pauline Kollontai:

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2017) 'Biblical Jewish Values on Care of the Stranger and the Neighbour in Israel: The Case of the Bedouin of the Negev', in Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore, S. and Kim, S.C.H. (eds)  Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London, Jessican Kingsley, (In Press). 

Kollontai, P.C.H (2017)  ‘Who is My Neighbour? The Laïcité-Islam Encounter in France’, in Kim D. (ed) Religious Encounter in Society, Leiden, Brill. (In Press).

Kollontai, P.C.H (2015) ‘Inter-Religious Work for Peace through Globalized Transnational Civil Society,’ in Haynes, J., Herrington, J and McKay A. (eds) Nations Under God: Religion and Geopolitics, London, E-IR Publications, pp. 176-86.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2015) ‘Art in a Theological and Philosophical Discussion on Theodicy and Moral Evil,’ in Kim, S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Yore, S. (eds) Mediating Peace: Reconciliation Through Art, Music and Film, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 57-73.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2015) ‘Story Telling in Religious Education: Promoting Respect and Empathy in Diverse Communities’, in Gross, Z. & Davies L. (eds), The Contested Role Of Education in Conflict and Fragility, Rotterdam, SENSE Publications, pp. 217-234.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2015) 'Emotional Intelligence in Higher Education: Using Art in a Philosophical Discussion on God, Evil and Suffering', Journal of Research in Higher Education, 93:1, pp. 66-76.

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2014) 'Coming to the Edge and Reaching Over: Women and Muslim-Christian Dialogue’, in Khadar, J. & Twal, I. Religion and Society: From Theocracy to Secularism and in Between, Bethlehem, University of Bethlehem Publications, pp. 67-78.

Kollontai, P., ( 2014) ‘Finding a Way Forward Together: Religion and Cosmopolitanism in Bosnia-Herzegovina’  in Rovisco, M & Kim S., Religion, Cosmopolitanism and Public Life, Oxford, Routledge, pp. 48-67.

Kollontai, P. (2013) ‘Adopting a Peace Education approach in Religious Schools: Perspectives from Bosnia-Herzegovina’, in Buchanan, M.T. (ed) (2013) Leadership and Religious Schools: Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges, Sydney,  Bloomsbury, pp. 69-88. 

Kollontai, P.C.H. (2012) ‘Faith and Feminism: Bosnian Women Challenging Religious Boundaries’ in Kollontai, P. & Noake, R. (eds) Religion Creating Cultures of Peace: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverend Kyung-Chik Han, Vol II, Seoul, South Korea, Nanumsa Publications, pp. 102-119.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2012) ‘The Sacred Icon: Confronting the Anthropocentrism of a Secularized World’, in Gibson, S. and Mollan, S. (eds) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Representation of Peace and War, Palgrave, pp. 226-244.

Kollontai, P. C. H. (2010) ‘Healing the Heart in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Arts, Children and Peace-making’, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 15:3, pp 261-271.

Sue Yore:

Yore, S. (2017) 'Utopian Visions of Harmonious Existence in Ursula LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness' in Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore, S., and Kim, S.C.H, (eds) Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Yore, S. (2015) 'Seeing Paradise in the Dust of the Streets': A Reflection on Student's Art Projects in Kim S.C.H., Kollontai, P.C.H. and Yore, S. (eds) Mediating Peace: Reconciliation Through Art, Music and Film, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 74-98.

Yore, S. and Noake R.  (2010) ‘Developing Creativity in the Theology and Religious Studies Curriculum’, Discourse, 9:2, pp. 113-148. 

Yore, S. (2009) ‘In the Footsteps of Julian of Norwich’,  The Way, 48:1, pp. 37-56.

Yore, S. (2007) ‘Theological Identity in Post-modernity through a Literary Lens’ in Kim, S. & Kollontai, P. (eds) Community Identity: Dynamics of Religion in Context, London: T&T Clark.

Richard Bourne:

Bourne, R. (2016) 'Vertigo in the City: Urban Crime, Consumerism and the Theopolitical Act', International Journal of Public Theology, 10:2, pp. 167-192.

Bourne, R. (2014) 'Communication, Punishment, and Virtue: The Theological Limitation of (Post)Secular Penance', Journal of Religious Ethics 42:1 March 2014 pp.78-107.

Bourne, R. (2009) 'Governmentality, Witness and the State: Christian Social Criticism with and beyond Yoder and Foucault, in Jeremy Bergen & Anthony Siegrist (eds) Power and Practices,  Scottdale: Herald Press.

Bourne, R. (2007) 'Witness, Democracy and Civil Society: Reflections on John Howard Yoder’s Exilic Ecclesiology,' Ecclesiology 3:2, pp. 195–213.

Esther McIntosh:

McIntosh, E. (2017) 'Learning to be Human in a Post-libera Era: Revisting a Macmurrian Account of Arts and Ethical Relationality,' in  Wood, Benjamin J., (ed.) Renewing the self : contemporary religious perspectives. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 96-116.

McIntosh, Esther (2017) 'I Met God, She's Black: Racial, Gender and Sexual Equalities in Public,' in Kim, Sebastian and Day, Katie, (eds.) A Companion to Public Theology. Brill, pp. 298-324

McIntosh, E. (2016) 'Macmurray on Relationality: A Tool for Systems Theory?’, co-authored with D. Macdonald and C. Sink, Philosophy and Theology, 28:1.

McIntosh, E. (2016) ‘E. S. Fiorenza’, New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic, second edition, eds M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell and T. A. Noble, London: IVP, pp. 344-345.

McIntosh, E. (2016) ‘Womanist Theology’, New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic, second edition, eds M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell and T. A. Noble, London: IVP, pp. 968-969.

McIntosh, E. (2015) 'Belonging without Believing: Church as Community in an Age of Digital Media', International Journal of Public Theology, 9:2, pp.131-155.

McIntosh, E. (2015) 'Why We Need the Arts: John Macmurray on Education and the Emotions', Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47:1, pp.47-60.

McIntosh, E. (2015) 'John Macmurray as a Scottish Philosopher: The Role of the University and the Means to Live Well’, in The Oxford History of Scottish Philosophy, vol. 2, ed. G. Graham, Oxford: OUP, pp. 270-302.

McIntosh, E. (2015) ‘Issues in Feminist Public Theology’, Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism, eds, Anita Monro and Stephen Burns, Durham: Routledge, pp. 63-74.

McIntosh, E. (2011) ‘Personalism’, in Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, eds., D. A. S. Fergusson, K. Kilby, I. MacFarland and I. A. R. Torrance, Cambridge: CUP.

Sebastian Kim:

Kim, S. C. H. (2017) 'United Korea or Christian South?  The Role of Christianity in the Division of the Peninsula, 1945-48,' in Kollontai, P.C.H., Yore, S., and Kim, S.C.H, \(eds)| Who is My Neighbour? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Kim, S. C. H (2017) 'Towards a Hermeneutic for Public Theology: Conversation with Habermas and Schillebeeckx’, in Stephen van Erp & Martin Poulsom Lieven Boeve (eds) (2017) Grace, Governance and Globalization, London: T&T Clark, pp 28-44.

Kim, S.C.H. (2017) ‘Public Theology in the History of Christianity’, in Sebastian Kim and Kate Day (eds), A Companion to Public Theology, Leiden: Brill, pp. 40-66.

Kim, S.C.H. (2015)  ‘Justice and Peace will Kiss Each Other (Psalm 85): Minjung Perspectives on Peace-building’, Transformation 32/2, pp. 1-14.

Kim, S.C.H. (2014) ‘Mega-Churches in Korean Christianity’ in Jonathan James (ed.), A Moving Faith: ‘Southern’ Christianity, Sage, pp. 85-105.

Kim, S.C.H. (2014) ‘Non-Missionary Beginnings’ of Korean Catholic Christianity in the Late Eighteenth Century’ in Klaus Koschorke & Adrian Hermann (eds), Polycentric Structures in the History of World Christianity, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, pp. 73-98.

Kim, S.C.H. (2014) ‘Inter-Asian and Global Missionary Movements’ in Felix Wilfred (ed.), Oxford Handbook on Christianity in Asia, Oxford: OUP, pp. 145-57.

Kim, S.C.H. (2014) ‘North Asia: History, Beliefs, Practices’ in Terry C. Muck, Harald A. Netland and Gerald R. McDermott (eds), Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement

Kim, S.C.H. (2013) 'The Controversy over Minarets in Switzerland: Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere' in Maria Rovisco & Sebastian Kim (eds), Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere, London: Routledge.

Kim, S.C.H. (2013) 'The Ministry of Reconciliation in an Interfaith Perspective' in Knud Jørgensen (ed), Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation, Oxford: Regnum, pp.160-172.

Kim, S.C.H. (2013) 'Byungin bakhae (persecution of Catholic Christianity; 1866-1873) and Western imperial advancement in Korea' in Judith Becker & Brian Stanley (eds), Europe as the Other, Leiden: Brill, pp. 73-91.

Kim, S.C.H.  (2013) 'Asian Theology' in Chad Meister and James Beilby (eds), The Routledge Companion to Modern Thought, London: Routledge, pp. 623-35.

Kim, S.C.H. (2012) 'Religious Conversion and Law in India: Controversy over the 'Freedom of Religion' Acts Chapter in Christine Lienemann (ed), Change of Religion, Change of Confession, and Conversion within Confession, in Religious Plural Societies, Gőttingen: Neukirchener Verlag, pp. 693-71.

,Kim, S.C.H. (2012) 'Authentic Leadership in the Contexts of Global Christianity: Pandita Ramabai Saraswati (India), Archbishop Óscar Romero (El Salvador) and Revd Han Kyung-Chik (South Korea)' in Kim, S. and Ha, C.Y. (eds), Building Communities of Reconciliation: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverend Kyung-Chik Han, Seoul: Nanumsa, 87-102.

Kim, S.C.H. (2011) ‘Korean Theology’ in Ian Mcfarland, David Fergusson, Karen Kilby and Iain Torrance (eds), The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, Cambridge: CUP. pp. 266-68.

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