This weekend I saw this post on Twitter by Dr. Russell Moore of SBTS. He is refering to Pentecostal theologian Amos Yong of Regent University. While I share his concern with syncretism there is something about this that concerns me. Any students of Christian history knows how dependent much of our doctrine is on categories supplied by Plato, or Aristotle, or Hegel, or Kierkegaard. While we may act as if our theology is pure this is hard to defend. I am always cautious when Christians act as if our brothers and sisters from Africa, Asia, and South America, who use cultural categories to express their Christian beliefs that are foreign to our own, are worse off for it.
Is Buddha really any worse than Aristotle? Why shouldn’t a theologian from Korea or Taiwan seek to use Buddha or Confucius where the language is suitable and doesn’t contradict the gospel? In this case Moore’s criticism may be spot on. I don’t know. But I do know that we need to realize our own hybridity is as much a concern as someone else’s.