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Theologies of Social Transformation: Exploration and Appraisal of Three Filipino Methodist Theologians, by Wilfredo H. Tangunan, investigates the theological contribution of three Filipino Methodist theologians, Emerito P. Nacpil, Daniel Arichea, Jr., and Elizabeth Tapia. It locates their social thought within the tension between radical liberationism and conservative fundamentalism. Supported by the notion of contextualization, Nacpil’s theory of mutual interaction serves as a paradigm for a balanced transformation. While the multi-dimensional nature of salvation serves as the soteriological orientation of an all-embracing transformation, his notion of the universal character of sin demonstrates the necessity of a holistic transformation. Exhibiting a biblical and holistic view, Arichea’s theology is examined in relation to the context of poverty in the Philippines. Tapia’s theology emphasizes the importance of a holistic transformation and expands it in the context of gender inequalities. Nacpil, Arichea, and Tapia’s theologies are underpinned by their views of Christology and the kingdom of God in relation to their respective theological and historical contexts. Contending against dualism, their theologies refer to the notion of the immanence of God as a basis for demonstrating the inseparability of faith and social witness, thus reflecting the Wesleyan holistic spirituality.

Wilfredo H. Tangunan finished his Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary, Philippines (Magna Cum Laude), Master of Divinity in Theology and Social Ethics at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Master of Sacred Theology at Boston University School of Theology, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA.

Paperback. 148 pages

Published: May, 2023

ISBN: 979-8-9855926-4-1

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Weight 9.2 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 1 in
Table of Contents


Foreword, by Miguel A. De La Torre


Chapter One:
The Filipino Theology of Struggle: A Critical View

Chapter Two:
Emerito P. Nacpil: A Holistic View of Transformation

Chapter Three:
Daniel C. Arichea, Jr: A Holistic View of Christian Life

Chapter Four:
Elizabeth S. Tapia: A Feminist View of Transformation


Afterword, by Chris Boesel


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