Fortress Press

The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC): Bearing Witness to the Gospel and the Reign of God in Asia

The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC)

Bearing Witness to the Gospel and the Reign of God in Asia

Jonathan Y. Tan (Author)


This book presents the theological contributions of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), a transnational body comprising fifteen Asian Catholic bishops' conferences as full members and ten associate members. The book introduces the contemporary context of Asia and represents a complete reworking of the author's approach to the FABC's way of being church and doing theology in Asia. The emphasis of the book is on the postcolonial dimensions of Asia and the challenges and implications of decolonization for shaping a postcolonial Asian church and way of theologizing.

The book also addresses the challenges of religious pluralism for the FABC and the FABC's prophetic response--seeking to be a sacrament of unity and harmony amid much strife, violence, and conflict. Finally, the book discusses new challenges and possibilities for the FABC as it looks ahead. Tan explores the challenges and implications of migration, transient migration, online and virtual communities, and insider movements for shaping the future of the FABC's approach to theology.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506433554
  • eBook ISBN 9781506433561
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 212
  • Publication Date August 3, 2021


"Tan has given us a masterly synthesis of contemporary Asian theology as developed by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. It is the fruit of his own interaction and collaboration with the Bishops over three decades. I recommend this well-researched book to anyone who wants to see theology alive and active in the Asian context."

Michael Amaladoss, SJ, Founder and Director Emeritus, Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions at Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai, India

"Churches around the world have much to learn from the FABC for creative renewal and enhanced approaches to effective missionary evangelization. Listen to the voice of the Spirit, emerging through these profound FABC insights!"

James H. Kroeger, MM, Professor of Asian Theology, Loyola School of Theology, Manila, Philippines

"For over twenty years, Tan has been a keen observer of this groundbreaking collaboration of bishops in Asia and has written extensively and insightfully about it. In this new book, he celebrates the FABC's vision of a new, intersectional method of theologizing and its ongoing commitment to its influential idea of the church's mission as a 'triple dialogue.'"

Stephen B. Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union

"Tan has put all of us, especially Western readers, in his debt with this comprehensive and insightful presentation of the teachings of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC). But only now, with Tan's book, can Western readers fully understand the challenges and possibilities of Asian Christianity. I proudly recommend this book to all."

Peter C. Phan, The Ignacio Ellacuria, SJ Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University, and author of Asian Christianities