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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 10.2 (2013)

Imagining the Kingdom: Mission and Theology in Early Christianity - N. T. Wright

Quite often Christians in the pulpit and pew alike speak of the plan and purpose of God, but seldom do they think of it in terms of God’s plan for new creation- ‘putting right’ what has gone wrong in creation. God being the Creator of all and everything in it is not the one who stands back and watches the corruptor continue to corrupt the whole creation which he created for good in his good pleasure. The God of the Bible is the God who gets involved in creation. This He first did through Israel. When they failed to fulfil God’s mission, God himself came in the person of Jesus Christ and manifested in and through his person and work what it means to be the New Creation of God in creation here and now and hear after. This new creation mission is now entrusted to the body of Christ, the Ekklesia of Yehosu-Krist. This is the main thesis of N. T. Wright’s “Imagining the Kingdom: Mission and Theology of Early Christianity.”

The End of the World - or a New Beginning for Creation? - Christopher J. H. Wright

Christopher Wright, in his article in the same train of thought of N. T. Wright, makes a very strong case for New Creation which will be fully realized in this world as a result of and after the return of Christ. He argues that the so-called ‘heaven’ in Christian discourses is only a place of rest for those who are asleep in Christ. The New Creation is the place where all those are in Christ will enter at the coming of Christ and it will be here on a renewed earth and heaven. This article, as his earlier book The Mission of God, would trigger a discussion among Christians to reflect on where we all are heading for as followers of Jesus Christ—in heaven beyond the blue sky or here on this earth itself which will be transformed into a new heaven and a new earth in the age to come.

New Creation: The Manifesto of Messianic Kristism - Simon Samuel

Adding a vital component which in his view is missing in the thoughts of N. T. Wright and Chris Wright, Simon Samuel strongly contends for the economic angle (economic spirituality) of New Creation as the ‘Manifesto of Messianic Kristism’. He argues that unless and until an economic egalitarianism is not practised in the Ekklesia of YHWH-SHUA-KRIST here and now, the goal of God in Christ creating everything anew in Christ has little relevance in this world. He argues that the Ekklesia must act as the Assembly of Equals in all aspects including the economic aspect to be a relevant agent of God’s New Creation mission in the world. Thus he proposes New Creation as the fulcrum of biblical theology, theological education, mission studies and ministerial training.

The Eschatological Conception of New Testament Theology - G.K. Beale

G. K Beale in his article argues that New Creation can be and must be placed at the center (as the most comprehensive idea) for the construction of a New Testament theology. In the midst of a postmodern polarization and bifurcation of theologies that question a center for New Testament theology, this article poses a corrective. He thinks that God has a plan in Christ and that must be the center of New Testament theology. Beale says: ‘new creation is the goal or purpose of God’s redemptive-historical plan; new creation is the logical main point of Scripture, which point further to new creation as the main lens of a canonical Biblical theology.’

New Creation: A Postcolonial Analysis of Rev. 21:1-8 - C. I. David Joy

David Joy, in his postcolonial analysis of Rev. 21:1-8, maintains that the New Creation idea in this passage, read along with Eph. 4:9-10, 2Cor. 12:1-10, and Rom. 8:18-23, is foundational to the Christian imagination of the eternal liberation and community building. Hence, Joy enables us to appreciate the divine offer of an alternate state of order in New Creation from a postcolonial perspective.

Re-reading Paul David Devanandan from an Evangelical Point of View with Special Reference to His    Thoughts on ‘New Creation’ - Santhosh J. Sahayadoss

Santhosh Sahayadoss’ article may raise eye brows of those who traditionally affiliate Devanandan exclusively to a liberal, ecumenical camp. He thinks that a careful reader can trace the influence of Barth and Kraemer in Devanandan’s later writings especially with regard to his thoughts on ‘New Creation.’ Thus this article invites scholars to see Devanandan from a neutral and a holistic perspective by taking all his writings including the ones who wrote later in his life.

Redeeming God’s Creation: Perspective from Indigenous People’s Resources - Wati Longchar

‘Redeeming God’s Creation: Perspective from Indigenous People’s Resources’ is Wati Longchar’s contribution to this DTJ issue from a tribal and eco-theology (eco-justice and social justice or theology of creation) perspective. He proposes a methodological shift ‘from human to creation’ and ‘spirituality in connection to earth family/ community’ in our thinking on new creation which is essential to understand God’s plan for this creation.

From the Word’s Humiliation to Creation Made New: ‘Art in Action’ (N. Wolterstorff) in    Dostoevsky’s The Karamazov Brothers - Steven Griffin

Griffin’s paper is an innovative initiative to read a creative novel to illuminate the core of the Christian Gospel. This article aims to take us to the intersection between theology and the arts, on the assumption that those fields have light to shed on each other. It is an attempt to show what Nicholas Wolterstorff in his book Arts in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic says about works of art as ‘objects and instruments of action’ by reading Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov where the faithful, responsible and kind character Alexei (or Alyosha) who is the hero of the novel points to the connection between the Word’s humiliation (kenosis, or ‘self-emptying’) and the New Creation.

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