The Problem of an Alien Jesus for Asian Christianity with Special Reference to Chinese Buddhists

Author: Kang San Tan, Head of Mission Studies, Redcliffe College.

Abstract:

“Who do people say I am?… Who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:27, 29)
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you,
that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread…” (1 Cor. 11:23)
Why is the Problem of an Alien Jesus critical?
On the first week of January 2006, I went to the Tate Museum in London to enjoy an art exhibition featuring how French and British painters influenced each other during the 18th and 19th Centuries. One section of the exhibition showed paintings portraying the decadent period of French and British societies during the 19th Century. One painting showed the blurred and disfigured face of a child abused by an adult male. Another depicted vividly estranged the relationship between a husband and wife. Most of the paintings in this section are filled with distorted human faces or figures, and complicated human relationships.

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