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Doon Theological Journal 4.1 (2007)

Mission Practice: The Early Christian Perspectives - Simon Samuel

TThe article explores the early Christian mission praxis by using certain postcolonial theoretical concepts. It sheds light on the various strands of early Christian traditions with their respective perspectives on mission practice, and also on the intense cultural negotiations between the early Christians and the second temple Jews for a space for mission practice. The author thinks that the early Christian strand that asserted a third space, which he calls the ‘eschatological space,’ has succeeded in initiating a worldwide mission.

“The Widow’s Mites:” A Pragmatic Reading of Mark 12: 41-44 - T. Johnson Chakkuvarackal

In this article, “The Widow’s Mites” by offering a liberationist reading of the story, the author sheds light on what he calls “a theology dealing with issues of widows (a widowology or a cheraology).” At the outset, the author sounds ambitious, innovative and as a result arouses quite a bit of curiosity. But as he progresses he settles down with certain already existing (and cherished) conclusions.

The Social Thought of Martin Luther and its Relevance for the Indian Society - Santosh Sahayadoss

This article is an attempt to relate the social thought of Martin Luther to the present day Indian context. This is apparently a bold initiative. The author handles it with ease and proves the point to a large extent. This article, thus, challenges the view that the western theology, particularly the theology of Luther, has little relevance, if any, in the socio-political contexts of India.

Euthanasia: The Right to Die or the Slippery Slope to Legalized Murder? - Paul Swarup

Paul Swarup’s article on “Euthanasia” is a critique from a biblical perspective on an apparently popular and impending legislative attempt to introduce ‘good death’ (euthanasia) in India [The Euthanasia Regulation Bill 2000] after the manner of it being introduced and practiced in some western countries. He fears that the introduction and the practice of the proposed bill with legal backing could have far-reaching implications for the marginalized sections of the Indian society.

Sacred Texts in our Pre-Christian Past: Can the Upanishads Serve as a Hindu Old Testament? -    Timothy Tennent

Tennent’s paper reopens an issue that fascinated and appealed to many Indian Christian theologians and believers. He begins the article by citing the use of the Hebrew Bible, the post-biblical Jewish writings, and certain ‘other’ texts and sayings in the Christian Testament. This gives him the leverage to forward a few cautious suggestions that (i) we should neither be condemning nor be naively accepting the non-Christian texts, and (ii) we should not make Christ a stranger to any culture. The author, thus, makes a rather persuasive plea for importing the appropriate ‘other’ texts in our evangelistic settings in order to corroborate the Christian kerygma in a Christocentric manner.

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