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An Appraisal of Prevenient Grace in John Wesley’s Soteriology - P. V. Joseph

This article examines Wesley’s concept of prevenient grace within the framework of his soteriology. The author discusses the relationship of prevenient grace with human depravity and divine and human factors in soteriology—the sovereignty of God and human freedom and responsibility. Examining the interpretations of a wide range of Wesleyan scholars on Wesleyan soteriology, and delving into John Wesley’s own writings, the author discloses the complexities of the monergism-synergism debate. The article also brings Wesley into dialogue with Augustine and Calvin. It helps dispel certain misconceptions that often surround Wesleyan soteriology.

Calvin and the Credibility of the Scriptures: Contrasted with Some Modern Western and Indian    Insights - Matthew Ebenezer

This paper is a comparative study of the views of Barth, Pannenberg, Calvin, and Appasamy on the credibility of the Scripture. While Barth speaks of the Bible as the words of humans which become the Word of God through the inner testimony of the Holy Spirit, Pannenberg considers the credibility of the Scripture an open question which can be answered only in the eschaton, when the truth of Christian revelation can be verified. According to Calvin, the credibility of the Scripture lies in the confirmation provided by the “secret testimony of the Spirit”; rational proofs, provided from a human point of view, play only a smaller role. Following discussions on Appasamy’s ideas on authority, Scripture and anubhava (experience), the author proposes that a modified understanding of anubhava—the work of the Holy Spirit in enlightening, transforming, and guiding the individual into Christ-likeness—has greater proximity to Calvin’s perception of the inner testimony of the Holy Spirit, than the views of Barth and Pannenberg, in asserting the credibility of Scriptures.

Do the “Pagan Saints” of the Bible Offer Hope for Today’s Unevangelized Peoples? - Victor Kuligin

Kuligin critiques the “wider hope” soteriology—“universal accessibility of salvation”—of Clark Pinnock and others who argue for hopefulness for the unevangelized. This “hermeneutic of hopefulness” is largely dependent on the category of “pagan saints”— the “historically and/or informationally premessianic” who by responding in faith to the light of revelation that they have in general revelation and in their own religions, are saved, despite their lack of explicit knowledge concerning God and salvation through special revelation. The author examines the “pagan saints” argument by testing the compatibility of the proposed idea with the available biblical material on select “pagan saints”—Job, Melchizedek, and Cornelius—and finds it dangerously erroneous. He argues that this line of thought is unbiblical in its view on other religions and its salvific efficacy, and also questions the need and urgency for evangelism.

Portrayal of Women Characters in Select Balaji Serials as Perceived by Married Women in Dehuroad,    Pune - Ajay Kale

This paper examines the portrayal of women in select television soap operas and its effects on the identity of women in Indian society. The author demonstrates that the viewers, depending on their social position, may accept, oppose, or negotiate the preferred/ dominant reading of the text – the meaning that the producers encode in the serials. The “serials reinforce the stereotypical image of women,” and one can find attempts by women to mimic the protagonists of these serials in real-life situations. The researcher makes the following suggestions: Christian communicators understand the importance of media, and manner in which it functions so that the Christian message, worldview, and values can be presented to “people whose understanding of truth and reality is largely dominated by oral or audio-visual communication,” thereby, reshaping social values, attitudes and even relationships. He calls for talented Christian youths to consider media as a profession, and challenges seminaries to study and address issues raised by contemporary media in its diverse forms. Such studies can also help make “church communication relevant, dialogical and attractive.”

The Jurisprudence of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, India in the light of John 7:53-8:11 - Samuel    P. Rajan

Samuel Rajan attempts to analyze and compare Jesus’ jurisprudence in relation to prostitution in the said biblical passage with the jurisprudence on this issue in Jesus’ time and in contemporary India as evident in the above mentioned Act. The researcher demonstrates that Jesus’ jurisprudence provided equality and justice to the woman in a context where patriarchal jurisprudence denied her the same. The sexist and discriminative nature of jurisprudence in Indian law is also pointed out. The researcher also proposes consciousness-raising concerning patriarchal control of women’s sexuality, making deliberate attempts to fight the various social, economic and other reasons that lead to prostitution, treating the women involved as persons and not sex-objects, rehabilitation measures, among other things, as Christian responses to the burning issue of prostitution.

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