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From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology
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From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology


Fortress Press 2010

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Gathering Interest


Drawing on decades of teaching and reflection, Princeton theologian Sang Lee probes what it means for Asian Americans to live as the followers of Christ in the “liminal space” between Asia and America and at the periphery of American society.

As one moves away from the societal center, either intentionally or by virtue of marginalization, one often finds oppression and dehumanization. Yet, Lee argues, one can also sometimes find liminality—a creative and edgy space with openness to the new, the emergence of community, and the ability to take a prophetic stance over against the status quo. For Lee, the liminal is key to the authentic calling and future of Asian Americans, other ethnic-racial groups and minorities, persons with mixed identities, and indeed all Christians.

From this insight, Lee unfolds a systematic theology. Searching the Gospels, one discovers that God became incarnate as a liminal and marginalized Galilean. Jesus the Galilean in his life and ministry widened the meaning of liminal creativity and exercised that creativity in embodying the boundary-breaking love of the Father. On the cross, he entered the ultimate space of liminality in which sinful humanity can experience communion with Christ. United in loving communion with God in Christ, Asian American Christians and all other believers are transformed into a new existence in which they are emboldened to struggle for justice and reconciliation.

Asian American Christians, like the Galilean followers of Jesus, have the particular vocation to exercise the creative potentials of their liminal predicament and thereby to participate in God’s own project of repeating in time and space the beauty of God’s inter-Trinitarian communion.

With the Logos Bible Software edition of From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology, every word is essentially a link, equipping you to search the entire volume for a particular verse or topic—“marginalization,” for example, or “identity.” This gives you instant access to a wealth of information on historical and contemporary liminality and marginalization.

Key Features

  • Explores the liminality of various ethnic groups in American society
  • Studies Jesus as a liminal and marginalized Galilean


  • The Context of Asian American Theology
  • God’s Strategic Alliance with the Liminal and Marginalized
  • God and Liminality
  • The Way of the Liminal Jesus as the Christ
  • Redemption in Asian American Context
  • Asian American Identity and the Christian Faith
  • Asian American Church
  • The New Liminality and Asian American Discipleship
  • Liminality and Reconciliation
  • A New Heaven and a New Earth

Praise for the Print Edition

A creative, exhilarating, inspiring, and hope–filled book for marginalized Asian Americans and other groups! Lee moves from marginality to liminality—a creative space of resistance and solidarity, possibility and openness to the new and to the communitas. Using a number of significant books, he transforms the life of marginality into the beauty of the liminal communitas of Christ. An excellent book for multicultural studies!

—Andrew Sung Park, professor of theology, United Theological Seminary

Lee has crafted a theological gem in this text. He has captured for many Asian Americans in his analysis of ‘liminality’ what W. E. B. DuBois articulated for many African Americans in his notion of ‘twoness.’ This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in how the traditional resources of Christian thought can be brought into conversation with Asian American experience.

James H. Evans Jr., Robert K. Davies Professor of Systematic Theology, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Grounded in the heritage of Asian American churches, this book explores the emerging critical theological theme of liminality that is becoming an increasingly common experience among Christians in this globalized world. This book is a timely and ground–breaking contribution to the contemporary theological scene.

—Fumitaka Matsuoka, Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theology Emeritus, Pacific School of Religion

Product Details

  • Title: From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology
  • Author: Sang Hyun Lee
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 200

About Sang Hyun Lee

Sang Hyun Lee is the Kyung Chick Han Professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition