Dr. Julius-Kei Kato

Curriculum Vitae

Julius-Kei KATO (加藤圭)

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

King’s University College at Western University

266 Epworth Avenue

London, Ontario

Canada N6A 2M3

 

Tel: (519) 433.3491 (x 4535)

Email: jkato@uwo.ca

 

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

New Testament Studies (in particular, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, Historical Jesus, Acts of the Apostles), Hermeneutics (Biblical and Theological), Christology, Contextual / Postcolonial / Postmodern Approaches to Biblical Studies, Theology, and Religious Studies

 

AREAS OF COMPETENCE

Hebrew Bible (in particular, Pentateuch and Historical Books), New Testament Greek, Early Christianity, Systematic & Philosophical Theology, particularly, Theology of Religions and Interreligious Dialogue, Liberation Theologies,  Religion and Popular Culture, Asian Theologies, Contemporary Christian Theologies

 

EDUCATION

 

2006    Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology

            Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, California, USA

Dissertation: Diasporic Hybridity, Hermeneutics & Christian Identity: Asian American Theological Voices on Diasporic Hybridity, Its Implications for Hermeneutics and the Question of Christian Identity

Dissertation Committee:

Dr. Kenan Osborne, director  (GTU, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA)

Dr. Fumitaka Matsuoka, co-director (GTU, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA)

Dr. Peter Phan (Georgetown University, Washington, DC)

Recognized by PhD director as summa cum laude

Comprehensive Examinations Passed with Distinction (Feb. 23, 2005)

 

1998    S.S.L. (Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures), Cum Laude, major in New Testament Studies, with concentration in the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles

Pontifical Biblical Institute (PBI), Rome, Italy

Licentiate Thesis: “The Lucan Jesus and the Weaknesses of His Disciples: A Study of a Theological Theme in Luke-Acts”

Participation in Exchange Program for PBI Students with intensive studies in Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, Biblical Archaeology and Hebrew Bible -  Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (October 1995- February 1996)

 

1993    BA in Theology with Secondary Education Teacher’s License (Equivalent to a B. A.,        B.Ed. -  Double Major in Religion and English)

Dept. of Theology - Depts. of English / Education, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

 

 

Supplementary Education

2006    Certificate of Completion of TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) DIPLOMA PROGRAM (recognized by TESL Canada). International House Toronto, 469 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario

 

1993-1994  Graduate Study in Theology. Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy

 

1982-1986  Studied for 4 Years as an undergraduate student in a Bachelor of Science in Education program (BSE), major in English & English Literature. Don Bosco College, Laguna, Philippines

 

 

Professional Experience

2010-present  Associate Professor of Religious Studies at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

2016-Summer  Visiting Lecturer of Biblical Studies at the Faculty of Theology, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

2016-Spring   Visiting Professor of New Testament at the Faculty of Theology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan

2007 – 2010   Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at King’s University College at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

2004    Co-Teaching of Christology Course with Prof. Kenan Osborne. Franciscan School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

2001-2002   Adjunct Professor of New Testament. Tokyo Catholic Major Seminary, Tokyo, Japan

2001    Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Scriptures. St. Anthony Franciscan Major Seminary, Tokyo, Japan

1999-2003   Assistant Professor of New Testament & New Testament Greek. Department of Theology-Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (last year on research leave)

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Monographs

(2) Kato, Julius-Kei. Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016. See <http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137582140>

(This work attempts to let hybridity-as-a-hermeneutical-paradigm dialogue with various biblical and theological themes)

 

(1) Kato, Julius-Kei. How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret Their Religion: Asian-American Diasporic Hybridity and Its Implications for Hermeneutics. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.

See <http://mellenpress.com/book/How-Immigrant-Christians-Living-In-Mixed-Cultures-Interpret-Their-Religion/8466/ >

(Originally my doctoral dissertation, this work attempts to develop hybridity-as-a-hermeneutical-paradigm based on theological approaches of various Asian North American theologians)

 

 

Peer-Reviewed Academic Papers and Publications

 

(13) “Spiritual but not Religious: Spirituality in a Globalized and Hybridized World.” In King’s Cosmos: Struggle, Justice, Reconciliation. Edited by Jonathan Geen, Ian Rae, Renée Soloudre-La France, pp. 16-19. London, ON, 2018

 

(12) “Epistemic Confidence, Humility and Kenosis in Interfaith Dialogue.” In Interfaith Dialogue: Global Perspectives, edited by Edmund Chia, chapter twenty. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016.

 

(11) “Peter C. Phan: His Life, Work, and Contributions to World Christianity.” In World Christianity and Global Theologizing, edited by Jonathan Tan and Anh Q. Tran, SJ, chapter nine. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2016.

 

(10) “Talking Back to our Parents: What Asian-North American Theology Can Theologically Suggest Back to Asia.” In Many Yet One? Multiple Religious Belonging, eds. Joseph Prabhakar Dayam and Peniel Jesudason Rufufs Rajkumar, chapter 13. Geneva: World Council of Churches Publications, 2016.

 

 (9) “Interpretation.” In Asian American Religious Cultures [2 Volumes], edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee, Jane Naomi Iwamura, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee and Ronald Nakasone, 63-74. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015.

 

(8) “Hans Küng through Asian Eyes” The Japan Mission Journal. Autumn 2014, Volume 68, Number 3,

pp. 156-166.

 

(7) “The ‘Seed that Has to Die’ for Authentic Interreligious Dialogue to Occur: Interreligious Dialogue, Epistemic Confidence and Kenosis,” in Paths to Dialogue in our Age: Volume 2 – International Perspectives (Proceedings of the International Theological Conference on Interfaith Dialogue held in Melbourne, Australia, May 26-29, 2014), edited by Edmund Kee-Fook Chia and Fatih Erol Tuncer. Fitzroy, VIC, Australia: Australian Catholic University, 2014, pp. 232-253.

 

(6) “The Prophetic Call of Narrative Forms of Theology: Narrative Theology, Asian Tendencies

and Roman Emphases.” East Asian Pastoral Review 51 (2014) 1, pp. 1-24.

 

(5) “‘Yes’ to Peace is ‘No’ to Violence.” The Japan Mission Journal. Spring 2004,
pp. 43-53.

 

(4) “In What Way Are We the Chosen People? Rethinking Christian Election in the Aftermath of Dominus Iesus.” The Japan Mission Journal. Spring 2002, pp. 26-36.

 

 (3) “The Delay in the Parousia, the Historical Jesus and the Lucan Corpus,” in Memory and Solidarity: Eschatological and Historical Theology. Ed. by Tsutomu Sakuma. Tokyo: San Paolo, 2002, pp. 73-107.

 

(2)  “Mission” in the Lucan Corpus,” in The Past and Future of Evangelization. Ed. by Tsutomu Sakuma. Tokyo: San Paolo, 2001, pp. 63-97.

 

 (1)  “Why the Quest for the Historical Jesus is Necessary.” in Catholic Studies No. 69. Ed. by the Theological Society of Sophia University. Tokyo, August 2000, pp. 1-27.

 

 

Peer-Approved Research Presentations at Academic Conferences

 

Matthew’s Struggles with Identity as Seen through the Joy Luck Club. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Denver, Colorado, USA, November 17, 2018.

 

Break It to Me Gently: Confronting the Fourth Gospel’s “Shadows” in Communities that Love John. Presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA). Regis University, Denver, Colorado, USA, July 28-30, 2018.

 

Luke as Scripture Speaking From and To Migration. Presented at the Ecclesiological Investigations Conference, Church and Migration: Global (In)Difference?, Toronto, ON, Canada, June 25-27, 2018.

 

“Interreligious Dialogue, Epistemic Confidence and Kenosis.” Presented at the International Theological Conference on Interfaith Dialogue sponsored by the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, May 26-29, 2014.

 

Conversion in the Postmodern World: From Monoreligiosity to Interreligiosity. Presented at the CTSA (Catholic Theological Society of America) Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida. June 2013.

 

Revelation’s Telos Seen through Hybrid Eyes. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. November 17, 2012.

 

The Fourth Gospel’s Claims of Superiority Seen through Hybrid Eyes. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. November 18, 2012.

 

The Vicissitudes of Apocalyptic Hope. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. November 21, 2011

 

The Prophetic Commitments of Theology at Present at the CTSA (Catholic Theological Society of America) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio. June 2010

 

The What and What-Not of Asian/-North American Hermeneutics: What Mk. 2:23-28 and l’affaire Peter Phan Illustrate Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. November 24, 2009

 

Discovering the Canon as a “Hybrid Persona”: Asian-North American Hermeneutical Conversations with Canonicity. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. November 23, 2008

 

Asian Christianity as Betwixt-and-Between Worlds: Explorations of a Common Conundrum in Asian Christians as They Negotiate Faith betwixt-and-between East and West. American Academy of Religion. Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, USA. November 19, 2007

 

Should There Really be an “End of Faith”? A Response from the Perspective of Hybridity to Sam Harris’ Proposal for an “End” to Religion. American Academy of Religion’s Eastern International Region’s Annual Conference on May 5, 2007 at Renison College at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

 

“Talking Back to Our Parents: How Asian American Theology Can Shed Light on Asian Christianity’s Hybrid Identity”APARRI (Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative) Conference, Chicago, IL  (August 2005)

 

“The Dark Side of Realized Hope: Christian Intolerance & the Judeo-Christian Apocalyptic-Eschatological Worldview” American Academy of Religion Western Region Conference, Tempe, AZ (March 2005)

 

 

Invited Papers and Presentations

Invited participant-presenter at an expert session on ‘Religious Belonging in Question: Multiple Religious Belonging as a Contested Notion’. My topic was “Multiple Religious ‘Belonging’ or ‘Freedom’ from Any Belonging?” American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA, November 17, 2017.

 

Invited presenter-respondent at a book panel to discuss my 2016 monograph and its implications for ecology (Kato, Julius-Kei. Religious Language and Asian American Hybridity. Lewiston, NY: Palgrave Macmillan). Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, USA, June 10, 2017.

 

Invited Presenter at the Faculty and MA Students’ theology research forum. Topic: Rethinking the Christian Concept of Election in a Global World Using Wilber’s Integral Theory. Theology Faculty and MA Students’ Research Forum. Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan. Department of Theology. June 2016.

 

Respondent at a book panel to discuss my 2012 monograph (Kato, Julius-Kei. How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret Their Religion: Asian-American Diasporic Hybridity and Its Implications for Hermeneutics. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press). Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA, November 2014.

 

“Talking Back to our Parents: What Asian-North American Theology Can Theologically Suggest Back to Asia” at the International Theological Colloquium on ‘Exploring Hybridity and Embracing Hospitality: Towards a Theology of Multiple Religious Belonging’ held at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Center, Chennai, India. October 3, 2014.

 

“The Prophetic Commitments of Theology at Present” at the CTSA (Catholic Theological Society of America) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio. June 2010

 

“Let us Tell Our Stories and Listen to God” Ethnic Community Gathering - Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, WA (October 2004)

 

“Scriptural & Cultural Foundations of Simbang Gabi Planning”Parish Planning Teams of the Simbang Gabi (Christmas Novena Masses) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, IL (August 2004)

 

“Biblical Foundations of Asian Pacific Identity and Belonging”Asian Pacific Pastoral Institute Sponsored by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, Burlingame, CA (May 28-31, 2004)

 

“Jesus as Seen through the Eyes of a Hybrid Person like Me” Japanese Methodist Bay Area Spring Rally, Oakland, CA (April 2004)

 

“Forgiveness, Salvation and Israel’s Stories” Roman Catholic Diocese of Kyoto, Japan (July 2000)

 

“The Delay in the Parousia, the Historical Jesus, and the Lucan Corpus” Sophia University Annual Summer Theological Lectures Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (July 2000)

 

“‘Mission’ in the Lucan Corpus”Sophia University Annual Summer Theological Lectures Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (July 1999)

 

Articles at a Popular Level Published as a Public Intellectual

 

(23) Reading the Christmas Story out of the Myths. Online at Catholica (Australia):

 < http://www.catholica.com.au/gc4/jkk/015_jkk_090119.php>.  January 2019.

 

(22) Remembering Jerusalem while Rome Burns: Biblical-Theological Reflections in the Wake of yet Another Sex Abuse Crisis. Online at Catholica (Australia):

 <https://www.catholica.com.au/gc4/jkk/014_jkk_121118.php>.  November 2018.

 

(21) God’s Deafening Silence: An Analysis of Shusaku Endo’s Novel ‘Silence’. Online at Catholica (Australia):

 <http://www.catholica.com.au/gc4/jkk/012_jkk_071216.php>.  December 2016.

 

(20) Jesus – Liar, Lunatic or Lord?. Online at Catholica (Australia):

 <http://www.catholica.com.au/gc4/jkk/010_jkk_011116.php >.  October 2016.

 

(19) A Canadian Lay Theologian’s Perspective on the Synod on the Family. Online at Catholica (Australia):

 <http://www.catholica.com.au/gc4/jkk/008_jkk_191015.php>.  October 2015.

 

 (18) Where We Went from Anonymous Christians: The Theology of Religions as seen through Paul Knitter vis-à-vis Karl Rahner. Online at Catholica (Australia):

 <http://www.catholica.com.au/gc4/jkk/004_jkk_030215.php>.  February 2015.

 

(17) Joseph Ratzinger’s Temple of Truth: Biblical-Theological Reflections at the End of the Ratzingerian Tenure. Online at Catholica (Australia):

      < http://www.catholica.com.au/gc4/jkk/001_jkk_270213.php>.  February 2013.

 

(16) “The Tension Between the ‘Not Yet’ and ‘Already’ of the Kingdom of God,”] in Evanglization. Tokyo: Oriens Institute for Religious Research, February 2002, pp. 68-71.

 

(15) ‘Enneagram of the Gospels’ Series “John: The Mystic Who Reached Jesus’ Glory through Signs,” Katorikku Seikatsu (Catholic Life). Tokyo: Don Bosco Sha, October 2002. pp. 19-21.

 

(14) ‘Enneagram of the Gospels’ Series “Luke: Mirror of Jesus’ Compassion,” Katorikku Seikatsu (Catholic Life). Tokyo: Don Bosco Sha, September 2002, pp. 19-21.

 

(13) ‘Enneagram of the Gospels’ Series “Matthew: Teacher of God’s Work in Israel’s History,” Katorikku Seikatsu (Catholic Life). Tokyo: Don Bosco Sha, August 2002, pp. 19-21.

 

(11) ‘Enneagram of the Gospels’ Series “The Jesus of Mark’s Gospel,” Katorikku Seikatsu (Catholic Life). Tokyo: Don Bosco Sha, July 2002, pp. 19-21.

 

(10) ‘Enneagram of the Gospels’ Series “The Diversity of the Gospels,” Katorikku Seikatsu (Catholic Life). Tokyo: Don Bosco Sha, June 2002, pp. 19-21.

 

(9) ‘Enneagram of the Gospels’ Series “Diversity is Beautiful,” Katorikku Seikatsu (Catholic Life). Tokyo: Don Bosco Sha, May 2002, pp. 19-21.

 

 (8) ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “The Paschal Mystery: Through Death to New Life,” Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Summer 2002, pp. 8-13.

 

(7)  ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “Jesus’ Experience of Failure and the Trip to Jerusalem,” Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Spring 2002, pp. 8-13.

 

 (6) ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “The Praxis of Love: Friendship, the Open Table, and Healing,” Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Winter 2001, pp. 8-13.

 

(5)  ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “The Praxis of Love: Crossing Boundaries” Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Fall 2001, pp. 8-13.

 

 (4) ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “Love, the Heart of God’s Person and Kingdom,” Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Summer 2001, pp. 13-18.

 

 (3) ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “Realizing the Kingdom of God,” Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Spring 2001, pp. 8-14.

 

 (2) ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “Waiting for ‘God’s Time’ in Nazareth,”] Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Winter 2000, pp. 8-13.

 

 (1) ‘The Historical Jesus and Faith’ Series “Encountering Jesus as if for the First Time,” Carmel: Spirituality for Today. Tokyo: Fall 2000, pp. 8-13.

 

 

Book Reviews & Conference Proceedings

 

(6) Book Review of Ken Wilber, The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions--More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete (Boulder: Shambhala, 2017). Published in Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion: October 9, 2018. http://readingreligion.org/books/religion-tomorrow   

 

(5) Book Review of Paul Collins, Absolute Power: How the Pope Became the Most Influential Man in the World, (New York: Public Affairs, 2018). Published in Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion: June 18, 2018. http://readingreligion.org/books/absolute-power  

 

(4) Book Review of Ken Wilber, A Brief History of Everything (20th anniversary edition), (Boulder: Shambhala, 2017). Published in Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion: April 11, 2018. http://readingreligion.org/books/brief-history-everything

 

(3) Book Review of Story and Song: A Postcolonial Interplay between Christian Education and

 Worship. Hyeran Kim-Cragg. Published in Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses, Volume 42 Number 4 / 2013, pp. 542-544

 

(2) Book Review of Harvesting from the Asian Soil: Towards an Asian Theology. Vimal Tirimanna,

C.Ss.R. ed. Bangalore: ATC, 2011. Published in Theological Studies, December 2012.

 

(1) Summary of the Session of the Asian Theology Consultation. Catholic Theological Society of America: Proccedings 67/2012. pp. 115-16.

 

 

 

Recognitions and Honors

 

2008-2016      Dean’s Honor Roll of Teaching Excellence, King’s University College, UWO

2006                Ph.D. Graduation. Recognized by Ph.D. director as Summa Cum Laude

2005                Ph.D. Comprehensive Examinations passed with Distinction

2001                Selected as one of the “new leaders” in the new millennium by

                         Kristo Shimbun (Ecumenical Newspaper) 1st week of Jan. issue, Tokyo, Japan

1998                SSL (Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures), Cum Laude
                         Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy

 

 

Teaching Record

 

Courses Taught at King’s University College (2007-present)

  • The Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture
  • Prophecy in Israel
  • The New Testament
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • The Johannine Literature
  • The Emergence of the Christian Tradition (first five centuries)
  • Rome and the Christian Tradition
  • Introduction to Christianity (general survey course)
  • The Letters of Paul
  • Advanced Seminar in Biblical Studies
  • Censored Scriptures: The Non-Canonical Books
  • The Bible and Popular Culture: Jesus from Nazareth to Hollywood
  • Spiritual Quests and Popular Culture (Spirituality)
  • Spiritual but not Religious? (Spirituality)
  • Empire, Violence and Peace in the Bible
  • General Ethics: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Religious Pluralism
  • Liberation Theology

 

Courses Taught at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan (Spring 2016)

  • The Synoptic Gospels & the Historical Jesus
  • The New Testament and Contemporary Hermeneutics

 

Courses Taught at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (1999-2002)

  • The Jewish and Hellenistic Backgrounds of Early Christianity
  • Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • The Historical Jesus
  • The Gospel according to Matthew
  • The Gospel according to Luke
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Paul and His Theology
  • Non-Pauline Epistles in the New Testament
  • Intermediate New Testament Greek (Gospel of Mark)
  • Intermediate New Testament Greek (Gospel of John)

 

Courses Taught at the Catholic Major Seminary, Tokyo, Japan (2001-2002)

  • The Gospel according to Matthew
  • The Gospel according to Luke

 

Course Taught at St. Anthony Franciscan Seminary, Tokyo, Japan (2001)

  • Introduction to the Book of Psalms

 

 

Community Service to the Academy

 

  • Director, Centre for Advanced Research in Catholic Thought (CARCT). 2016 - present
  • Convener of the Asian Theology Consultation. Catholic Theological Society of America. 2011-12.
  • Steering Committee Member of the Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics Group. Society of Biblical Literature. 2013-present.

 

 

Membership in Academic Associations

 

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
  • Catholic Biblical Association of America (Active Member)
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • TESL Ontario & TESL Canada (for teachers of English as a Second Language)

 

Knowledge of Languages

 

Mother Languages:                 English, Filipino (Tagalog), Japanese

Speak Fluently:                       Italian, Filipino (Ilongo)

Good Working Knowledge:   French, Spanish, German

Reading Knowledge:              Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, Latin, Aramaic

 

Language Study and Cultural Exposure

 

2003 (summer)   Spanish Language Study (reached advanced level). Mexican-American Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas

2002 (summer)   French Language Study. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2002 (summer)   German Language Study. Passed Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung (ZMP) (July). Goethe Institut, Bonn, Germany

1998 (summer)   French Language Study. Paris, France

1997 (summer)   French Language Study (reached advanced level). Institut Catholique & Alliance Française, Paris, France

1996 (summer)   German Language Study (reached advanced level). University of Vienna, Austria and at the University of Munich, Germany

1994 (summer)   German Language Study. University of Klagenfurt, Austria

1993 (Apr-Sept)   Italian Language Study (reached advanced level). Universitá per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy and at the Istituto Dante Alleghieri, Rome, Italy