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Doon Theological Journal 6.1 (2009)

Postclassical Greek Novels as Postcolonial Novels: Reading Chariton’s Chaereas and Callirhoe as a    Postcolinal Novel - Simon Samuel

Samuel’s postcolonial reading of a postclassical Greek novel, written towards the end of the first century AD, is an innovative and pioneering reading, which in some way can be related to reading some of the second Temple Jewish and early Christian writings from that perspective. In this article Samuel shows the complex postcolonial experience and ambivalent discursive response of a subjected Greek community in Asia Minor towards Roman colonialism. This reading shows that the Greek community’s response to colonialism was similar to that of the other subjected Jewish and early Christian communities in ancient west Asia at that time.

Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Its Significance for Creating a Culture of Peace - Santhosh    Sahayadoss

Sahayadoss’ paper is a timely work which deserves our attention in our time and context when the whole world is engulfed in violence, wars and communal and economic intolerance. This article ascertains that a culture of peace can be built in a world of violence solely by patient suffering, non-violence and enemy love. However, one may find the political manoeuvering of Martin Luther puzzling in terms of his sympathies toward the peasants who revolted against their oppressive feudal lords and at the same time his advice to the feudal lords to violently suppress the revolts when all other means to establish peace failed!

‘Churchless-Christ’ (A Hindu ‘Plea’): A Christian Theological Response - Samuel George

George’s paper is a reflective and critical reading of a Churchless-Christ advocated by some of the neo-Hindu movements and thinkers like Swami Vivekananda and Mohandas Gandhi in modern India. George argues that the advocacy of a Churchless-Christ is nothing but a world opinion because Christ can be seen or heard only in a blurred manner without and beyond the church. Christ comes to us through the New Testament, which is an early Christian confessional community document. He cannot be isolated from this document and from the community that experienced the Christ. Therefore Churchless-Christ is nothing but a blurred and truncated ‘christ.’

The Primacy of Duties over Rights in a Theistic Worldview - James Gustafson

Gustafson’s paper is a very relevant one in our time and context when we witness unjust economic edifices and corporate management structures crumbling down due to their addictive and infatuated use of free market economic rights over against socio-economic duties towards fellow human beings. This paper discuses the relation of rights and duties within the Christian worldview where God is perceived as the source of all moral values. Gustafson thinks that in the contemporary world rights take precedence over duties as where in a theistic worldview it should be the other way round. He, therefore, is of the opinion that duties should flow out of a virtuous heart, which is possible only by an inner transformation of the heart and by the working of the Holy Spirit. He concludes that ‘getting the relation of duties and rights correct offers the way to resolve much confusion in contemporary conflicts that seem to have no resolution other than applying type of coercion.’

Persecution and the Church: A Historical Overview - Matthew Ebenezer

This is a timely article that brings into proper perspective a response of the Indian Christian minoritarian communities that face very direct and violent persecution from their Hindutva neighbors. Ebenezer takes us through the history of Christianity, from the New Testament times to the present, citing and describing the experiences of Christians throughout the history of the Christian church in general and in India in particular. He traces varied reasons for the persecution of Christians such as false charges, misunderstanding, refusal of Christians to recant, state policy, fear of Christian expansion, suspicion of political affiliations, so on and so forth. He also sheds light on the issue of power in persecution. He says that those who wield power, whether Christians or not, have the tendency to persecute the powerless ‘other’. Christians are no exception to this. In order to counter persecution, he suggests that Christians must avail the constitutional and legal means and also develop an ecumenical mindset to stand united against powerful forces of persecution.

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