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Edmund Chia

Country: Australia

Senior Lecturer of Theology and Co-director of the Inter-religious Dialogue Network, Australian Catholic University

Edmund is a scholar of Asian Christianity and interreligious dialogue. He began his career as a De La Salle Brother and high-school teacher in Malaysia. He then headed the interreligious dialogue office of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences between 1996 and 2004, before teaching at a graduate school of theology in Chicago for seven years. Since 2011, he has been on the faculty of the Australian Catholic University and is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Divinity (Melbourne) and Visiting Researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). He has a BA in psychology, an MA in human development, and an MA in religion (all from the United States) as well as a PhD in intercultural theology from the Netherlands. He is the author and co-editor of eight books, the most recent being Asian Christianity and Theology (Routledge Publishing), Confucianism and Christianity (Routledge Publishing), and World Christianity Encounters World Religions (Liturgical Press). He has delivered keynote addresses, lectured and run formation programmes in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.