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Doon Theological Journal 4.2 (2007)

Paul’s Concern for the Unity of the Church: An Embodiment of His New Covenant Theology - Scott    Hafemann

This article examines, “the way in which Paul applied his understanding of the church as the people of the new covenant to the issue of the unity of the church itself.” Hafemann argues that Paul’s ecclesiology and his concern for unity among God’s people derive from biblical-theological rather than pragmatic concerns. Hafemann shows that the church, the new covenant community, in Paul’s theology acts as the outpost of the kingdom of God and God’s alternative in the midst of this evil age and hence, the relevance and importance of church unity.

Interrogating Forgiveness: Learning from the Early Church - Jayakiran Sebastian

This is an investigation into the understanding and practice of forgiveness in the early church during Cyprian’s time when the church passed through severe Roman persecution. Sebastian investigates this with a view to learn the effect and implication of forgiveness on an individual and on the wider society. This paper reveals that the early church within its ranks practised forgiveness in order to equip the saints of God to withstand persecution, i.e., to challenge and overcome the persecuting Roman colonial powers. It shows that forgiveness and reconciliation are decisive initiatives that can neutralize the discourse of violence. They have an equipping and enabling power on the victims of violence. They express resilience and endurance of the suffering people. Forgiveness, thus, is an empowering act.

Martin Luther’s Understanding of the Person Between Autonomy and Theonomy - Hans Schwarz

In this article, Hans Schwarz shows that the idea of free choice (autonomy) was abhorrent to Luther, despite his allowance of some measure of free choice to human beings. According to Schwarz, Luther believed (contra Erasmus) that free choice of human beings can do nothing but evil. On the contrary, the more we come in conformity with God (theonomy), through faith in Jesus Christ, the more we become agents of our own life and not victims of our own doing. In other words, those who are ‘theonomous,’ who live in conformity with God in Christ, are autonomous in all spheres of their lives. Only they can ‘be unambiguously good.’ This is the advantage that a Christian enjoys. Therefore, Christians can freely engage in a constructive way in society.

Human Identity in Shame-Based Cultures of Asia – Timothy Tennent

Human Identity in Shame-Based Cultures of Asia is an interesting reading of human identity in Asian shame-honor based cultures. After an anthropological and comparative analysis of ‘guilt/innocence’ and ‘shame/ honor’ in global cultures, Tennent examines the biblical evidence of guilt, honor and shame, and focuses on the theology of the cross in a shame-based context. He then moves on to see some of the implications of this study on our understanding of the atonement. He thinks that the contributions of honor and shame on the public, social and relational aspects of Christ’s atonement in Asian societies are great, and yet, conversion to Christianity is one of the most “shameful” things in these societies. He says: “Missionaries who have worked in shame-based cultures frequently observe that the reason most Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists resist becoming Christians is not primarily because of specific theological objections to the Christian message. More often, there are powerful social and cultural forces which serve as the primary barrier to Christian conversion.”

Biblical and Theological Basis for Leadership Training - George Kuruvila Chavanikamannil

This article highlights the basis of Christian leadership training from a biblical and theological basis. This article provides an excellent study of leadership training from a biblical perspective. It offers a detailed word study of a few prominent words in relation to leadership used in the Bible such as leader, disciple, assistant, sons of prophets, etc. The main focus of the paper is on Jesus and his method of training his own disciples, which Chavanikamannil categorizes under eight headings, and also the training practice, ensued in the early church by the early apostles.

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