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Doon Theological Journal 2.2 (2005)

Postcolonialism as a Critical Practice in Biblical Studies (Part I) - Simon Samuel

In this article, the author describes the theoretical roots of Postcolonial Studies and explores its possibilities in Biblical Studies. He suggests that Postcolonialism as a theoretical concept can be applied to reading the biblical discourses as most of these are originated in various colonial contexts and from among the colonized subject communities. In the second section of this paper, he reviews the existing models of postcolonial readings such as the essentialist/nativist, resistance/recuperative (in the present issue), the intercultural/ subcultural models and finds them to be inadequate to deal with the complex responses of biblical discourses to empire. Hence, he proposes a new model, which he calls ‘strategic essentialist and transcultural hybridity model,’ a christened version of a critical practice in discourse analysis pioneered by Homi K. Bhabha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (discussion on the latter two models will be in the forthcoming volume of DTJ). This model, the author thinks, could engage the complexities and conundrums of biblical discourses in relation to empire, colonialism and nationalism.

The Pneumatology of Pandipeddi Chenchiah: A Critical Appraisal - P. V. Joseph

Pneumatology, as a distinct field of study in theological reflection, has gained momentum in recent years largely because of the phenomenal growth of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. Following this trend, the author examines the pneumatology of one of the prominent Indian Christian theologians, Pandipeddi Chenchiah. Chenchiah understands the Holy Spirit as a new “cosmic energy.” He develops his concept of the yoga to appropriate this energy to build a “new creation,” which is understood in terms of a new social order. The author, while appreciating Chenchiah’s attempts to impress upon the Indian Church of the significance of the Holy Spirit, thinks that Chenchiah’s pneumatology, to a large extent, is incompatible with the historic Christian faith and the Scripture. However, the author perceives that Chenchiah’s efforts to reflect on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit should be seen as a great service to the Indian Church, particularly in the context emerging pneumatological discussions.

Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements in Post-Independent India: An appraisal – George Ooommen

This article is an unsympathetic ‘outsider’s reading of the history of Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in India. The author seeks to make a comprehensive analysis of “the Pentecostal-Charismatic movements in India with a view to highlight its major features and historically significant developments” with special focus on Pentecostalism itself. For someone who is interested in the factual historical details of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, this paper may appear to be inadequate in factual details. However, for one who is interested in a critical appraisal of this movement, this may be of some help.

The challenge of churchless Christianity - Timothy C. Tennent

The article explores the growing contemporary movement whereby Hindus are embracing Christ without visibly uniting with the Church. The question, which this article seeks to answer, is, if someone can say ‘yes’ to Jesus, but ‘no’ to the church. After surveying the historic Roman Catholic and Protestant ecclesiology, the article demonstrates that this churchless Jesu bhakta movement cannot be reconciled with any historic expressions of ecclesiology but, instead, represents a radical break with historic Christian ecclesiology. The author, then, provides a careful survey of the most prominent theologians who have addressed each side of this question: M. M. Thomas and Lesslie Newbigin. Finally, the author concludes with an evangelical assessment, which explores four areas, which need further reflection and evaluation if this movement is to enjoy wide acceptance in 21st century ecclesiology.

Is holiness Ascertainable? Presbyterian Perspectives on the Trials and Examination of Candidates for    Ministry - Mathew Ebenezer

This paper explores a debate among the Presbyterians of European settlers in the North American continent in the latter half of the eighteenth century. At a time when colonization of the Native American land and subjugation of its peoples were rampant, the burning issue among Presbyterian settlers was: “Is holiness ascertainable?” In this article, the author examines the debate between Patrick Allison and John Blair who represent the Old and New Side within the church. To some it may show how a church can be unconcerned of the wider socio-political issues of colonialism and occupation of other peoples’ land and be narrowly focused on an ‘internal’ issue of the holiness status of potential ordinands, whether or not it should be ‘experiential’ or ‘visible’ holiness. To others, like the author himself who is an ‘insider,’ this debate highlights the importance of visible Christian character and holiness in the life and conduct of ordained ministers in the church, the implication of which obviously will be much wider to Christians and others of all times.

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