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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 8.1 (2011)

A Consideration of the Judgment of God and the Teaching of Jesus: A Cultural and Linguistic Study -    Victor Kuligin

Kuligin laments the paucity of academic material on the subject “judgment of God,” and finds the following factors responsible for the same: (i) post-modernity’s “love-affair with tolerance” (ii) a loving, less-confrontational view of God which virtually excludes the possibility of judgment (iii) militant agnosticism and atheism that considers the Christian concept of God’s wrath to be both obnoxious and a major contributing factor to growing violence in contemporary culture (iv) shifts in understanding, even among evangelicals, concerning the eternal fate of the unevangelized, and so on. The author then presents contemporary theological confusions concerning the purpose and goal of the judgment(s) of God, imported from the modern debate revolving around the purpose and goal of secular justice systems – retribution or reformation. He also provides a word-study on some key Greek terms used in the Gospels to speak of God’s judgment. The article finally calls for and provides certain guidelines for the resuscitation of the subject in Christian pulpits and publications.

The Advaitic Doctrine of Maya and the Christian Doctrine of Creation in the Theology of    BrahmabandhavUpadhyay - Timothy Tennent

Tennent attempts to explore the theological frontier between the Hindu doctrine of creation as found in the doctrine of maya in Sankara and the biblical doctrine of creation. Upadhyay, in his attempt to build “contextual bridges” to effectively communicate the Christian gospel to the Hindus, found Sankara’s concept of maya compatible with neo-Thomistic thought and used this bridge to explain, among other things, the relationship of the Creator to creation. Dispelling the common assumption that Sankara’s concept of maya affirms an illusory universe, an idea incompatible with the Judeo-Christian universe, Upadhyay draws attention to the analogies used by Sankara - some ignored in the post-Sankara period, which well explains the misconception concerning maya - to explain the concept. He argues that maya meant the mysterious contingency of everything that is non-Brahman, and the power of God that gives birth and sustains finite dependent beings, and thus, harmonious with Thomistic ideas of necessary and contingent existence.

A Kaleidoscope of Doxology: Exploring Ethnodoxology and Theology - Ian Collinge

Collinge introduces relatively new concepts like ethnomusicology, ethnodoxology, and the like. The major purpose of the paper is to explore the relationship between Ethnodoxology and Theology, wherein “Theology provides the content and Ethnodoxology opens up culturally appropriate ways to express Christian truth,” leading to a kaleidoscope of doxology. Ethnodoxology – “the theological and practical study of how and why people of diverse cultures praise and glorify... God” – attempts to translate biblical truths through culturally relevant and indigenous communication methods. The author also discusses subjects such as “heart music” and “redemption” of cultural media; and finally considers some major theological themes where Ethnodoxology and Theology converge.

An Enquiry into the Colonial Contributions toward the Development of Indian Christian Identity -    Santosh Sahayadoss

In this article, Sahayadoss attempts to re-examine the correlation between colonialism and mission. The author notes the two major views concerning the same: first, the idea that colonialists and Christian missionaries worked hand-in-glove with the other, mutually benefitting each other; and second, the view that the capitalistic colonialists and humanitarian Christian missionaries were bipolar opposites of each other – with interests not just mutually exclusive but also antagonistic to each other. The article further proceeds to identify the positive contributions of western missionaries in the formation of Indian Christian identity – mission activity leading to Indian renaissance and subsequently Indian nationalism, development of indigenous theology and mission, contributions in the fields of politics, linguistics, education, social reform, among others.

Religion and Reconstruction in an African Society: A Deconstructive Reading of the Bible in Ghana -    Joseph Quayesi-Amakye

Joseph Quayesi-Amakye discusses the necessity of making national development tasks serious in the Ghanian society. In this paper, the author re-reads the Exodus story, the Joseph story and an episode from the Israelite-Philistine contests from a deconstructive perspective so as to propose a reconstructive Christianity for Ghanians and challenge them to take seriously their scientific/technological and environmental concerns.

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