Faith and Bayan

by Lorenzo C. Bautista, Aldrin M. Peñamora, Federico G. Villanueva

When tyrants come to power and Christians remain silent, the church betrays its prophetic role in the public sphere. Far from withdrawing from social-political engagement, Christians must grow in boldness as they embody a just, righteous, and godly love for their country and its people.

In this collection of essays, Filipino evangelical theologians challenge the church’s complacency in the face of oppressive regimes. Addressing the specific realities of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, they draw on biblical studies, political theology, and ethics to provide a biblical and theological framework for Christians seeking to resist injustice in both the Philippines and beyond. Faith and Bayan is an excellent resource for students and leaders seeking an Asian evangelical perspective on Christian political engagement. It not only offers intellectual insight on the topic, but empowers its readers to fulfill a prophetic calling — to uphold democracy, peace, and human dignity.


About the Author

LORENZO BAUTISTA is professor emeritus at Asia Theological Seminary, where he previously served as a professor in the Theology department. He has also worked in theological education at Febias College of Bible, Valenzuela, Philippines. Much of his ministry has been at Sambahan Kristiano sa Marulas church, Valenzuela, Philippines, where he held a variety of roles from youth work to eldership.

ALDRIN M. PEÑAMORA (PhD Theology, Christian Ethics Concentration, Fuller Theological Seminary) is Executive Director of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Reconciliation of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches. He is also Executive Director of the center of Research for Christian–Muslim Relations. He has taught theology at the Koinonia Theological Seminary, Davao City, Philippines and is currently a member of the faculty of the Asian Graduate School of Theology, Philippines, and the Asian Theological Seminary, Quezon City, Philippines. As an advocate of just peace-building among different faith traditions, especially between Christians and Muslims in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, he is often involved in initiatives aimed at fostering harmonious Christian–Muslim relations. He has published essays on the subject both locally and internationally. Aldrin is married to Christine Ching Peñamora.

FEDERICO G. VILLANUEVA, PhD, serves as the Regional Commissioning Editor for Langham Publishing and Scholar Care Coordinator of current Asian Langham scholars. He is author of several books, including The Uncertainty of a Hearing: A Study of the Sudden Change of Mood in the Psalms of Lament and It’s OK to be Not OK: Preaching the Lament Psalms. He teaches part-time at the Asia Graduate School of Theology and Loyola School of Theology in Manila.

Book Information

  • Author: Lorenzo C. Bautista, Aldrin M. Peñamora, Federico G. Villanueva
  • ISBN: 9781839732775
  • Category: Christian Living, Global Perspectives
  • Region: Asia
  • Publisher: Langham Publishing
  • Publishing Date: 03/31/2022
  • Number of Pages: 200


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