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Doon Theological Journal 3.1 (2006)

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

This is a continuation of the article under the same title appeared in DTJ 2:2, 2005, pp. 97-119. In this article, Samuel analyzes the remaining two models of postcolonial reading of biblical discourses: ‘the intercultural/sub-cultural model’ and the ‘strategic essentialist and transcultural hybridity model.’ The author argues that the intercultural/sub-cultural model, in tune with the spirit of postmodernism, breeds sub-culturalism that erases the potential for opposition. The strategic essentialist and transcultural model, which he pioneers and proposes in biblical studies as a model, is one that can effectively engage and explain the complexities and conundrums of the biblical discourses in relation to empire, colonization and nationalism.

Global Views of the Messiah – William David Spencer

This article examines the claims of Jesus’ appearances in various cultures and their implications for proclamation of the gospel. The author finds common threads in all non-biblical and syncretistic presentations of Jesus in Caribbean, African, Islamic, Chinese and Hindu religions. In all these religions and cultures Jesus holds a special attraction to people and their response is evidence of Jesus’ prior claim on them. While Jesus has a place of honor in these cultures and religions, they often have a distorted image about Jesus, which is far removed from the biblical revelation. The author thinks the uniqueness of the person and work of Jesus – his being the Supreme God and the sufficiency of his redemptive work – is not adequately apprehended in these cultures. The paper challenges Christians to assume the servant role and assist people to find Jesus as he is presented in the Scripture.

Relevance of Calvin’s Theology for the Twenty-First Century - Lyle D. Beirma

Beirma examines the theology of John Calvin and seeks to discover its relevance in contemporary times when the western theology is criticized by Asian and Latin American theologians as individualistic and dogmatic with little significance for the life of majority of Christians living in other parts of the world. The author argues that Calvin’s theology is a theology of piety which has tremendous implications for people’s personal, spiritual as well as social life, i.e., it elicits a piety and godliness in the life of a Christian which in turn contributes to the quality of life in the society and polity at large.

Pre-Christian Ignorance in Apostolic Preaching - Mohan Chacko

This article deals with the issue of “pre-Christian ignorance.” The author contends that in the Bible, such ignorance is ethical rather than metaphysical, contrary to that of Hindu philosophy. Pre-Christian ignorance is culpable, for it is a lack of recognition and rejection of God’s work and not a lack of knowledge or information. It is equivalent to rebellion against God’s covenant. God’s “overlooking” of this ignorance in Gentiles is both a word of judgment as well as grace. As a word of judgment, it is equal to God abandoning the nations in the past. The good news is that now, because of Christ, God calls the nations to repentance and is favorably disposed to their salvation. His passing over the sins of ignorance is not quite forgiveness or justification, but is more than a postponement of punishment. So understood, there is no contradiction between Lukan Paul and the Paul of the epistles, as is sometimes alleged. The book of Acts does not teach a natural theology nor do the epistles forget God’s gracious disposition to the Gentiles. The author develops implications for the mission of the church in India.

The God Darwin did not Believe in and a Call for an Artistic Paradigm - James Gustafson

Gustafson attempts to show the folly of Darwin’s claims on the “evolution” of humankind. The author states that it is only on certain metaphysical assumptions with limited insights in theology and science that Darwin draws his naive conclusions about God. By employing a limited metaphysical paradigm, Darwin attempts to annihilate the creator God and establish evolution as an alternative explanation for life in Nature. Contrary to this, the author opts for an open paradigm in which God could be portrayed as an artist. By employing this, the author attempts to reconcile what is not reconciled in Darwin’s thought.

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