Anselm Kyongsuk Min: Philosophy of Religion and Theology


Maguire Distinguished Professor of Religion

Contact Information

121 East 10th Street, Room #1
(909) 607-3878


Spring 2014 Office Hours

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm;
or by appointment.



Ph.D., Religion (Theology), Vanderbilt University (1989)
Ph.D., Philosophy, Fordham University (1974)
MA, Philosophy, Saint Louis University (1967)

BA, Philosophy and Classics, Saint Louis University (1966)


Research Interests

Reconstruction of theology that is faithful to the best of the Christian tradition, based on best insights from other religions and secular thought, and relevant to the globalizing world and its needs for liberation, ecology, respect for religious and cultural differences, and resistance to cultural nihilism; recent trends in continental philosophy (recent turn to religion, postmodernism, new phenomenology) and sociology (social and cultural analysis of trends) as relevant to theological reconstruction


Teaching Fields

Theology of Globalization, Liberation Theology, Religious Pluralism, Comparative Theology, Contemporary Systematic Theology, Postmodern Philosophy and Theology


Current Projects

A Systematic Theology of Globalization (book project)

To Be or Not To Be: Aquinas and Contemporary Thought (book project)


Selected Publications


     Paths to the Triune God: An Encounter between Aquinas and Recent Theologies(Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005), 405 pp.

    The Solidarity of Others in a Divided World: A Postmodern Theology after Postmodernism (T & T Clark International, 2004), 245 pp.


     Word and Spirit: Renewing Christology and Pneumatology in a Globalizing World, coedited with Christoph Schwoebel, with an introduction and a contribution (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013)


     “The Trinity of Aquinas and the Triad of Zhu Xi: Some Comparative Reflections,” to appear in Anselm Min and Christoph Schwoebel (eds.), Word and Spirit: Renewing Christology and Pneumatology in a Globalizing World (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013) 

     “Why Only an Immutable God Can Love, Relate, and Suffer,”  to appear in the Festschrift for Professor Stephen Davis to be published by the University of Notre Dame Press

     “Hermeneutics of Transcendence as Hermeneutics of Contingency: Transcendence in the Globalizing World,” to be published in the proceedings of the Conference on “Hermeneutics of Transcendence,” University of Zurich, June 14-16, 2012 

      “The Dialectic of Conversion in the Age of Globalization,” to appear in Ingolf. Dalferth (ed.), Conversion (Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013)

     “Christian Faith and Trust in the Age of Globalization,” in Ingolf Dalferth and Simon Peng-Keller (ed.), Gottvertrauen: Die oekumenische Diskussion um die fiducia (Freiburg: Herder, 2012), 381-405 

     “The Point of Dialogue: Response to James Fredericks on the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue,” in James L. Heft (ed.), Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue (New York, NY: Oxford U. Press, 2012) , 145-152

    “God as the Mystery of Sharing and Shared Love: Thomas Aquinas on the Trinity,” in Peter Phan (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Trinity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 87-107 

     “The Church as the Flesh of Christ Crucified: Towards an Incarnational Theology of the Church in the Age of Globalization,” in Laurie Cassidy & Maureen H. O’Connell (eds.), Religion, Economics, and Culture in Conflict and Conversation, College Theology Society Annual Volume 56 (2010) (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011), 91-107

     “Loving Without Understanding: Raimon Panikkar’s Ontological Pluralism,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 68 (2010): 59-75; also available online at: 

     “The Dialectic of God’s Presence and Absence in the World” in Ingolf Dalferth (ed.), The Presence and Absence of God (Tuebingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2009), 109-128

     “Between Indigenization and Globalization: Korean Christianity After 1989,” in Klaus Koschorke (ed.), Falling Walls: The Year 1989/90 as Turning Point in the History of World Christianity/Einstuerzende Mauern. Das Jahr 1989/90 als Epochenjahr in der Geschichte des Weltchristentums (Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009), 195-214

     “Migration and Christian Hope: Historical and Eschatological Reflections on Migration,” in Fabio Baggio and Agnes M. Brazal (eds.), Faith on the Move: Toward a Theology of Migration in Asia (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2008), 177-202

       “Speaking of the Unknowable God: The Dilemmas of the Christian Discourse about God,” in D. Z. Phillips (ed.), Whose God? Which Tradition? The Nature of Belief in God(Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008), 35-48

     “D. Z. Phillips on the Grammar of God,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 63:1-3 (February 2008), 131-146

       “Korean American Catholic Communities: A Pastoral Reflection,@ in David Yoo and Ruth Chung (eds.), Religion and Spirituality in Korean America (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2008), 21-39

     “Liberating Political Theology Today: Elements of a New Paradigm,” Asian Christian Review 1:2 (Summer 2007), 32-44

     “Anthropology and Theology in the Age of Globalization: Reflections on Theological Method,” Seminar Papers (Center for Process Studies) 29:3 (Fall 2006) available online at

      “Naming the Unnamable God: Levinas, Derrida, Marion,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 60:1-3 (December 2006), 99-116

       “The Division and Reunification of a Nation: Theological Reflections on the Destiny of the Korean People,” in Robert Buswell and Timothy S. Lee (eds.), Christianity in Korea (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2005), 258-279

       “From Difference to the Solidarity of Others: Sublating Postmodernism,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 31:7 (2005): 823-849

       “Towards a Theology of Citizenship as the Central Challenge in Asia,” East Asian Pastoral Review 41:2 (2004), 136-159

       “Hegel’s Dialectic of the Spirit: Contemporary Reflections on Hegel’s Vision of Development and Totality,’ in D. Z. Phillips and Mario von der Ruhr (eds.), Language and Spirit (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), 8-34

       “The Dialectic of Divine Love: Pannenberg=s Hegelian Trinitarianism,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 6:3 (July 2004), 252-269

       “Towards a Dialectic of Truth: Contemporary Reflections on Hegel’s Conception of Truth,” in Kristin de Troyer and Christine Helmer (eds.), Truth: Interdisciplinary Dialogues in a Pluralist Age (Leuven, Belgium: Peeters, 2003), 159-177

      “From the Theology of Minjoong to the Theology of the Citizen: Reflections on Minjoong Theology in 21st Century Korea,” Journal of Asian and Asian American Theology, 5 (Spring 2002), 11-35


Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae & Recent Publications

(May 28, 2009) Anselm Min named new Dean of the School of Religion



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