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Doon Theological Journal 5.2 (2008)

The Politics of Culture Behind the Rebuilding of the Temple - Joel Joseph

This article is a cultural, even postcolonial, critique of the politics of culture in the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. He argues that the elite cultural nationalist Jews who returned from exile, rebuilt the temple in collaboration with the colonial power and the native nationalist agents, to have their hold on power. The author argues that though the temple rebuilding is in accordance with the plan of God, this task is not an end in itself. What matters most is obedience and life in accordance with the covenant of God, rather than the temple itself. The latter without the former is simply a play of power politics with little of God, His will and purpose in it. What matters is obedience to God’s Covenant and not to the eccentricities of the externals of the temple building and the rituals in the temple.

Who Was the Good Son? A Fresh Look at eh Parable of Matthew 21:28-32 - Graham Simpson

Simpson’s paper is an innovative cultural anthropological, historical, authorial audience centered reading, with a south Asian cultural perspective, of the story of the two sons and their father in Matthew 21.28-32. In this reading, Simpson assumes a correspondence of cultural relationship between the south Asian context to that of Jesus’ context in the first century west Asia. He argues that the son who said ‘no’ at first shamed his father in public, but by a belated obedience in private, brought honor to his father. This son ‘exemplifies those who will enter the kingdom. Simpson argues that ‘it is the reversal of cultural values which gives the parable its bite.’ In contrast, the son, who honored the father in public by saying ‘yes’ at first, later dishonored him by his disobedience. Thus the parable’s central teaching ‘is the denial that appearance counts reality in God’s sight. The good son is not the one who merely says the right words and thus creates the right appearance. Rather, the good son is the one who does what is required.’

Reading the Postcolonial Creative Discourse: Towards Modeling a Strategic Postcolonial Theology    of/for the Maginalia - Simon Samuel

This article explores the possibility of creating a commonwealth of ministry between the ministers of culture and the ministers of theology. He suggests that the postcolonial creative, novelistic writers as ministers of culture can enrich the Christian ministers of theology. In order to model a strategic postcolonial theology of the marginalia distinct from the essentializing dalit, tribal etc. theologies, Samuel reads two postcolonial novels of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Mahasweta Devi’s ‘Draupadi’. He proposes that a liberative theology of the marginalia, like the liberative voices in these novels, must occupy a strategic third space with a potential to affiliate and abrogate almost simultaneously both the dominant and the dominated discourses of power.

Missiological Perspective of Mission Amidst Affluence and Affliction: Altering Borders for a Third    Space - J. B. Jayaraj

In this article, the author explores the possibility of a strategic mission in-between the economically affluent and afflicted segments of Indian society. He argues that the Christian mission in India must occupy the strategic middle space between the affluent and the afflicted and encroach upon both spaces with a view to abrogate both these polar opposite borders so that there be one basileia –ecclesia space of emancipation. He shows this crossing of both borders by elaborating on the stories of Moses, Esther, Jesus and Paul.

Christian Existence in a Non-Christian Environment: Relevant Perspectives for the Future -    Santhosh Sahayadoss

Sahayadoss explores the need and significance of a strategic Christian existence in between an increasingly polarized and polemic pluralistic context of India today. He makes a plea for recognizing others as people of God, and thus initiate reconciliation and solidarity with others. The Christian existence he proposes is a dialogic existence with others in order to build a human and humane community.

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