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Doon Theological Journal 2.1 (2005)

The biblical creation story and implications for a biblical view of human male/female societal status    and relationships – Suraj Chellaiah

This article analyzes the creation story in the Bible where the account of first human relationship between humans (male-female) is given. This relationship is basically a family relationship. Presents common misunderstandings and misrepresentations of the creation story, and examines the literal and plain meaning of selected verses. Indicates how the fall has brought problems in relationships and in societal status among humans and what the redeemed community as an integral part of the society could do with this view.

An Eternal Planting, A Home of Holiness: The Self-understanding of the Dead Sea Scrolls Community    – P.N.W. Swarup

Swarup examines the two metaphors “an eternal planting” and “a house of holiness’ which were used extensively by the DSS Community as an expression of their self-understanding. The metaphors of the “plant/planting” and the “temple/sanctuary” were vital for their understanding of themselves as a group set apart from the rest of Israel. Like two sides of the same coin, they represent theological ideas that complement each other. The community appropriated these two traditions and adapted them to suit their new context, and this gave the community the dynamism and the vitality to fulfill their self-appointed role as an eternal planting, a house of holiness.

Paul’s Speeches at Lystra and Athens (Acts 14: 8-20; 17: 16-33): A Model for Preaching in India -    L.Jose

The book of Acts shows how the gospel spread from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. In this phenomenon, speeches played a significant role. The author examines the earlier Christian expansion by reading the speeches of Paul in Acts 14 and 17. Although the historicity of these passages is accepted, the speeches are understood as Luke's own description of the Gentile mission. These two speeches are given in two Gentile contexts, which are similar in their religiosity and worship. However differences can also be noted. The first is given in a rural and the second in an urban intellectual setting. These speeches seem to be giving a model to share the gospel to the Gentiles, in the 1st century context, which is not too far from the contemporary context in India.

The Beginning of Mark (Mk. 1:1): A Postcolonial Reading – Simon Samuel

This article reads the beginning (arguably the title) of Mark from a colonial/postcolonial perspective in order to find whether or not Mark begins the story of Jesus as a pro- or anti-colonial response to Rome or as an ambivalent affiliative-disruptive postcolonial response to both the Roman colonial and the native Jewish nationalistic and collaborative discourses of power. Mark begins the good news of Jesus Messiah in a moment of historical transformation of his minoritarian community which is trying to map a space for itself in a colonial setting dominated by Rome and by a certain segment of the Judeo-Jewish culture. Mark's borderline engagements of cultural difference may be consensual and conflictual, affiliative and disruptive at once.

Dr. Asgar Ali Engineer: An Appraisal – K. J. Samuel

Pluralism, according to Engineer, is a characteristic of modern democratic countries, with the feudal state giving way to the democratic, with citizens free to choose a religion of their choice. He is critical of the Islamic world, which cannot cope with the notion of civil society, and where the freedom of religion is not a religion of choice. Engineer’s attitude toward other religious traditions is pluralistic, considering other traditions equally valid paths just like Islam. His presentation of Islam and the acceptance of pluralism is to protect the safety and security of Muslims in India, and allow peaceful coexistence with different religious communities, particularly Hinduism.

The Ethical Implications of Human Cloning - James Gustafson

The issue of cloning human life can only be understood by grasping the moral philosophies used by various commentators schooled mostly in European philosophy, such a utilitarianism, deontology, religious, and virtue ethics. After reviewing the anticipated benefits of human cloning and the liabilities, the author reviews how various ethical systems would likely treat the issue of cloning human life. Finally, he offers reasons to reject human cloning on deontological grounds in a Christian context.

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