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Doon Theological Journal 1.1 (2004)

A Postcolonial Historiography: Toward a Postcolonial Approach to Reading the Discourses of a   Colonial subject Community – Simon Samuel

Theological articulations from diverse Indian perspectives are not new. They are as early as or perhaps earlier than the western critical scholarship. However, attempts toward a postcolonial approach to theological and biblical studies are new. As an initiation into this, the article on postcolonial historiography examines theoretically certain issues relating to reading the discourses of a colonial subject community, keeping in mind that the biblical discourses, especially the NT discourses are from colonial subject minoritarian communities. We live in a world in which imperialism and colonialism are on the rise in an unprecedented scale. We also see the native breed of elites duplicating the imperialism and colonialism of their former colonial masters on their native ‘others’ in the form of cultural nationalism and majoritarian democracy in a number of nations. This latter phenomenon is particularly seen in India. In this context, what would or could be the response of subject communities, is as pertinent as it was in the past. Hence the importance of ‘A Postcolonial Historiography: Toward a Postcolonial Approach to Reading the Discourses of a Colonial Subject Community.’

Impact of Hindu Fundamentalism on Minority Rights: A Christian Response – M. T. Cherian

This article describes the nature and practice of Hindutva promoted and practised under the banner of cultural nationalism in India. By highlighting the constitutional provisions on Fundamental Rights especially freedom of conscience enshrined in the Indian Constitution, the author argues that the religious persecutions and minority bashing in India with overt and covert permission of the authorities are violations not only of minority rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution but also violations of human rights. He proposes that the Christian minority communities of India need to respond to these violations by means of a ‘public theology.’

The Agenda for an Indian Evangelical Theology – Mohan Chacko

Recent years have witnessed the rise of Evangelical theology in most parts of the world and in certain parts, it unfortunately swings toward Christian fundamentalism. It is in this context that the author reflects on the agenda for an Indian Evangelical theology. This paper is a review and critical analysis of three Indian Evangelical theologians, Ken Gnanakan, Sunand Sumithra and Bruce Nicholls. The author makes a strong plea that Indian Evangelical theology must not only be directed to God as a God-glorifying theology but also to one’s fellow human being and address contemporary human questions in the light of God’s revelation. He also pleads that Indian Evangelical theology must be based on Scripture but at the same time speak from one’s own context and experience.

Contemporary Promises and Challenges in Global Christianity - Timothy C. Tennent

The article is a reflection on the ever-increasing new centers of Christianity in the non-western world and the new challenges and promises that brings to the Christian church as a whole in terms of mission, evangelism and praxis. The author also explores the potential new roles and responsibilities of the western churches in this changing scenario.

Fasting: The Discipline for the In-between Time – William Isley

This article reads anew the New Testament understanding of fasting. The author makes a strong case, based on his new literary critical reading of Mark’s Gospel, that fasting is an expression of grief of the followers of Jesus in the in-between time subsequent to the violent removal of their bridegroom. The primary aspect of Christian fasting is that it must be a sign of grief over the death of Jesus and the fact that he is no longer with us. Thus there is an eschatological dimension to fasting which, Christians do while living in the eschatological tension between “the already” and “the not yet.” The ecclesiastical fasting developed in the Church in later years, has little to do with the New Testament understanding of fasting. This would be discussed in detail in the forthcoming issue of DTJ.

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