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Rethinking Asian Christianities  

Daniel Franklin PilarioThe Department of Catholic Studies presents "Rethinking Asian Christianities," a presentation by Rev. Daniel Franklin Pilario, C.M., Ph.D., S.T.D. This event in the Archbishop John J. Myers Lecture Series on Law, Society and Faith will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. in the Beck Rooms of Walsh Library. It will also be accessible via Zoom.

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About the event:
Christianity was as vibrant in the East as it was in the West during the first centuries of the Christian era, quite the opposite of what Eurocentric historiographies would have us believe. In his talk, Fr. Pilario will recover this way of looking at Christianity in Asia. He will also show Asian Christianity's present situation: its co-presence among ancient religions, its minority status, and the situation of poverty and violence around it, as well as other urgent tasks and challenges in our century. After the presentation will be a Q & A session.

About the speaker
Rev. Daniel Franklin Pilario, C.M., Ph.D., S.T.D., is a member of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in the Philippines. He is a professor at St. Vincent School of Theology, Adamson University in Quezon City, Philippines. He comes from Hagdan, Oslob, Cebu. His book Back to the Rough Grounds of Praxis: Exploring Theological Method with Pierre Bourdieu (Leuven, 2005) was awarded the Jan en Marie Huyse Prijs of the Leuven Academic Foundation as the best research in the humanities in 2003. He has also written After the End: Reflections of the Happy Theologian in and on the Rough Grounds (2014). He edited or co-edited several anthologies, the most recent of which are The Ambivalence of Sacrifice (2013); Christian Orthodoxy (2014); Globalization and the Church of the Poor (2015); Philippine Local Churches after the Spanish Regime (2015); Faith in Action: Catholic Social Teaching on the Ground (2015); Second Plenary Council of the Philippines: Quo Vadis? (2015); Theology and Power: International Perspectives (2016); Suffering and God (2016); Minorities (2017); Theology, Conflict and Peacebuilding (2018); Asian Christianities (2018); and Signs of Hope in Muslim-Christian Relations (2020).

Fr. Pilario belongs to the editorial boards of several philosophical and theological journals, among which are Hapág: Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Sian Christian Review, Concilium: International Journal of Theology, Institute of Spirituality in Asia, PHAVISMINDA, and International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. He has published extensively in national and international academic journals. His field of research covers fundamental theology, cultural theories and inculturation, liberation theology, theological anthropology, methods of theological research, political-social theory, theology and ecology, Catholic social teaching, and justice and human rights.

He is a former president and founding member of the DAKATEO (Damdaming Katoliko sa Teolohiya - Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines). He is a professorial lecturer at various universities and seminaries in the country, and he regularly ministers at a garbage dumpsite parish in Payatas, Quezon City, on weekends.

About the Archbishop John J. Myers Lecture Series:
The Archbishop Myers Lecture Series is a tribute to His Grace, The Most Reverend John J. Myers, fifth Archbishop of Newark, for his faithful and steadfast promotion of Seton Hall University's Catholic mission and the continued leadership and guidance he gave to the University. This series was inaugurated on the occasions of the Apostolic Blessing of the Holy Father Pope Francis and the first anniversary of the Department of Catholic Studies.

About Catholic Studies:
Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students of any creed who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Catholicism's rich intellectual tradition and living heritage. Combining the study of history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, sociology, and other disciplines, Catholic Studies focuses on the Church's dialogue with culture and encounter with the world. Students interested in Catholic Studies have the option to pursue a major, minor, or certificate that complements and enhances the university's other degree programs and fields of study. Over 20 years the academic program and its variegated activities have stayed true to and fulfilled the Catholic mission and vision of the University. For more information, please contact Ines Murzaku, PhD, Director of the Catholic Studies at or Gloria Aroneo at

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