MH526 Christianity in China, Korea, and Japan

Course Description

The countries of Korea, Japan, and China have common cultural threads that have shaped Christian development in particular ways. This course studies some of those trajectories of Christian development in East Asia as distinct from the West (although in dialog with the West) and is distinct from South Asia.

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Scott Sunquist Biography

Scott W. Sunquist

Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and Professor of World ChristianitySchool of Intercultural Studies

Contact Information
BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

Scott William Sunquist joined Fuller in July 2012 as dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and professor of world Christianity. He came from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he served for 17 years as professor of world Christianity (2009–2012) and the W. Don McClure Associate Professor of World Mission and Evangelism (1995–2009). Previously Sunquist and his wife, Nancy, were missionaries in the Republic of Singapore, where he was a lecturer in church history, ecumenics, and Asian Christianity at Trinity Theological College (1987–1995) and, as an ordained minister of the PC(USA), served as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Singapore. Prior to this he was a campus staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in both Virginia and Massachusetts.

Dr. Sunquist’s main interests lie in Christian mission, evangelism, and world Christian history. He has written in the areas of mission theology, pluralism, and Asian Christianity, and at present focuses his research and writing on historiography, missiology, and Christianity in the non-Western world.

Sunquist’s articles, chapters, reviews, and essays have been published in numerous missiological and theological journals and books. His most recent book, Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory (2013) received the Christianity Today 2014 Best Book award in the “Missions/Global Affairs” category. He is editor of A Dictionary of Asian Christianity (2001) and coauthor, with Dale Irvin, of History of the World Christian Movement, Volume 1: Earliest Christianity to 1453 (2001) and Volume 2: Modern Christianity from 1454–1800 (2012). With his daughter, Caroline Becker, he also coedited A History of Presbyterian Missions, 1944–2007 (2008).

Sunquist currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of World Christianity and Orbis Books (mission series). He is also a board member for the Foundation for Theological Education for Southeast Asia and, previously, for Presbyterians for Renewal and the former Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies.

Sunquist and his wife have four grown children and (at present) four grandchildren.

Courses Taught

  • MI804 Missiology as a Discipline
  • PhD seminar on Mission Historiography

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Asian Christianity, historiography, missiology, Christianity in the non-Western world

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Course Attributes

This course meets the requirements for

  • MH506 The Making of Global Christianity for the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Contextualizing Global Realities for the new MDiv through Summer 2014