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DOON THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL 9.2 (2012)

By Grace Alone: A Comparison between the Apostle Paul and Erich Fromm - Hans Schwarz

Hans Schwarz’s paper is a comparative analysis of Apostle Paul’s understanding of ‘grace’ with that of a German Jewish philosopher and humanist of the 20th century. In this article Schwarz argues that both Paul and Erich Fromm (1900-1980) agree on God’s grace as something that we humans do not deserve and yet receive. But they differ on the working of this grace in an individual’s life. For Fromm, Adam received grace even when he disobeyed God. Adam’s disobedience was ‘a liberating act’. Through this, Adam gained the knowledge of good and evil and thus he and through him the whole human kind became a new creation. The so-called ‘Original Sin’, far from being corrupting Adam, set him free, which initiated a new beginning of human history. But for Paul, a truly new creation (and eschatological history) can only be based on the implications of Christ event for us.

Toward Communion: Ecumenical Reflections on the Lutheran-Catholic Agreement on Justification    and the Reunion of the Syro-Malankara Church - Sebastian Madathummuriyil

Madathummuriyil addresses the Ecumenical Communion between the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches on the basis of a Joint Declaration on Justification by Faith between both these churches in 1999. In this, he unravels (i) the historic painful parting of ways of these two churches from a historical point of view, and (ii) through a hermeneutics on the Joint Declaration, he evaluates the prospects of their coming together (consensus ecumenism). The final part of the paper investigates the hermeneutics that was at work in the re-union of the Syro-Malankara church to Catholic Communion in the light of the consensus ecumenism between the Catholic and the Lutheran churches.

Post-modernity, the Paradigm and the Pre-Eminence of Christ - Timothy C. Tennenet

In this article, Tennent makes a strong plea for believing in the pre-eminence of Christ in the postmodern context. He does this by proposing to move beyond the existing divisive paradigms of pluralism, exclusivism and inclusivism and experiment a new paradigm that is rooted in missio dei and in the Trinitarian theology which would be relevant to the post-Christendom, postmodern, pluralistic generation.

Aftermath of Economic Globalization on Theological Discourse in Asia: Focusing on the Development    of Subaltern, Post-colonial Studies and Theology from the Margins - Santhosh Sahayadoss

Sahayadoss’ paper sheds light on the development of globalization and economic liberalization and their impact not only on the socio-political and economic lives of peoples around the world but also on the theological discourse in the form of preparing the ground for the emergence of Subaltern, Post-colonial Studies and Theologies from the Margins. This, he thinks, is a positive development which would work as a bulwark against the adverse effects of globalization and economic liberalization on the peoples of the periphery.

The Charismatic and Pentecostal Movements and their Commitments to the Social Demands of the    Gospel - Simon Samuel

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.

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