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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 9.1 & 8.2 (2011-12)

The Poetics and Politics of Pauline Identity: Wrestling with an Ancestor to articulate our    intersecting Identities as ‘Indians’ and ‘Christians’ of India - Simon Samuel

Samuel’s work is a politico-cultural discourse on our subcultural and national identities. He employs the postcolonial study perspectives, firstly, to look at the poetics, piety, preaching and practice of Paul as he wrestled with the complex politics of culture of his time, and secondly, to suggest that contemporary Christians maintain a fluid, hyphenated identity. He finds Paul a particularist-universalist who maintained his ambivalent ‘affiliative-alterity’ identity, and advocated people with multiple cultural and regional identities to maintain their particularities, without erasing any of them. He calls the Indian Christians to conserve their “subcultural, transcultural, national and trans-national” hyphenated identities and thus celebrate the diversities, pluralities and hybridities we possess as ‘Indians’ and ‘Christians’ of India.

A Trinitarian, “New Creation” Theology of Culture - Timothy C. Tennent

Tennent seeks to reposition Christian understanding of cultural engagement within a Trinitarian framework. The author first describes Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture and then critiques it for its non-theological anthropology, Christendom-framework, mono-cultural perspective and non-eschatological framework. After a brief discussion on anthropological understandings of culture, the author presents Christian perspectives on culture – God as the source and sustainer of culture, the objective reality of sin, God’s revelation within human culture, and breaking in of the eschatological “New Creation” culture into the present. The Trinitarian framework is then presented – the Father as the source, redeemer and goal of culture; the Son as a full participant in human culture, thus, validating the sanctity of human culture and providing the basis for its critique; and the Spirit as the agent of New Creation. Finally, the Trinitarian New Creation model of culture is juxtaposed with traditional models and the distinctive features of this new model are discussed.

Reconsidering Theological Discourse on Creation, Redemption and Aspects of Globalization in order    to build an “Earth Community” that promotes Eco-justice - Santosh J. Sahayadoss

Santosh Sahayadoss’ paper that promotes eco-justice focuses on theological and economic perspectives that can enhance perceptions of Eco-justice. The author points out the undeniable relationship between Eco-justice and social justice, one is not possible without the other. Also, liberation theologies have failed to address the concerns of Eco-justice. The author calls for a reconsideration of the theological discourses on creation and redemption, so that it would evoke responses to eco-crises. In his discussion on globalization and its environmental impact, the link between ‘development,’ capitalism, consumerism, globalization and its inevitable by-products – oppression of the poor and environmental destruction, is demonstrated. Finally, there is a call for “Earth Community” – responsible stewards of God’s creation – to passionately participate in Eco-mission by resisting eco-destructive structures, conscientizing the uninitiated and reconciling strained relationships.

Christian Hope in the Context of the Natural Sciences - Hans Schwarz

Hans Schwarz, in his article, examines the hope in Christian life in the context of natural sciences that are influenced by scientific materialism advocated by the German philosophers like Ludwig Feuerbach and others. Inspired by the Theology of Hope reintroduced into the theological discussion by J. Moltmann and others, Schwarz proposes that “in our difficult situation the Christian faith must elucidate the future directedness of eschatology so persuasively that it engenders an attractive hope for the future.” Though the present world is subjected to transitoriness, we as new creatures in Christ are expected to participate in its upkeep in a proleptic way. This will lead to the transition towards the better, toward renewal of creation.

Missional Theological Education: 21st Century Majority World Challenges - Matthew Ebenezer

Ebenezer, in this article, discusses four major topics. First of all, the author presents the challenge of making theological education relevant by engaging contemporary issues – the rise of indigenous religions, poverty, persecutions, among other things. Secondly, the challenge to revive a mutually benefitting relationship between the ecclesia and theological education is discussed. Thirdly, the author discusses on the creation of a suitable theological educational climate, which includes commitment to the uniqueness of the person and work of Christ, a biblical understanding of the nature and mission of the church, and the power and mission of the Spirit. Fourthly, the author describes the importance of relational, inter-dependent learning as against individualistic, independent learning, with the focus of theological learning not merely on academic learning, but also on personal transformation.

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