Dr. Julius-Kei Kato
Some major academic interests I have at present are: (1) Christianity’s founder, Jesus: What’s the history behind this figure? How has he been understood in history?; (2) the early Christian movement – its history and literature; (3) the study of our contemporary context of globalization in which different cultural and religious worlds encounter and mix (I refer to this as “hybridity”) and what that situation may mean for the future.
In my 2012 book How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret Their Religion: Asian-American Diasporic Hybridity and Its Implications for Hermeneutics, I described how the experience of being simultaneously situated in different worlds (hybridity) influences how one interprets one’s religious traditions. There, I also expressed the conviction that such hybridity, which is becoming increasingly common in a globalized world, is actually an important key in making religions less toxic and exclusionary and more inclusive and committed to peace.
Since coming to King’s in 2007, I have applied these insights more specifically to the New Testament and to other theological themes. These efforts have borne fruit in my recent book entitled Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Ph.D. (2006) - Systematic & Philosophical Theology (focus on Hermeneutics) - Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, USA
S.S.L. (1998) - Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures (focus on Synoptic Gospels and Acts) - Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy. Also studied at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
B.A., B.Ed. (1993) - Theology/English/Education - Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan / Don Bosco College, Canlubang, Philippines
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Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
“Epistemic Confidence, Humility and Kenosis in Interfaith Dialogue.” In Interfaith Dialogue: Global Perspectives, edited by Edmund Chia, chapter twenty. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016.
“Interpretation.” In Asian American Religious Cultures [2 Volumes], edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee, Jane Naomi Iwamura, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee and Ronald Nakasone, 63-74. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015.
“The Prophetic Call of Narrative Forms of Theology: Narrative Theology, Asian Tendencies and Roman Emphases.” East Asian Pastoral Review 51 (2014) 1, pp. 1-24.
How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret Their Religion: Asian-American Diasporic Hybridity and Its Implications for Hermeneutics. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.
“‘Yes’ to Peace is ‘No’ to Violence.” The Japan Mission Journal. Spring 2004, pp. 43-53.
“Why the Quest for the Historical Jesus is Necessary.” Catholic Studies No. 69. Ed. by the Theological Society of Sophia University. Tokyo, August 2000, pp. 1-27.