ISBN 9788192512167,Hindu Nationalism and the Indian Church: Towards an Ecclesiology in Conversation with Martin Luther

Hindu Nationalism and the Indian Church: Towards an Ecclesiology in Conversation with Martin Luther

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ISBN 9788192512167
Publisher

Neha Publishers & Distributors

Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788192512167

ISBN-10 8192512169
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 446 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Religion: general

In this book, the author attempts to re-construe an Indian ecclesiology vis-à-vis the narrowly defined ideals of Hindu nationalism in contemporary India by analyzing and investigating the ecclesiological thoughts of Martin Luther, the 16th century Protestant Reformer. The book brilliantly places the teachings of the Reformer within ‘the social and historical travails of that time and brings them to bear on the ongoing constructive task of living into a relevant and appropriate Indian ecclesiology (and thereby, Indian Christian theology) today’.In this process, it is being maintained that the Indian Church must transform itself into a “Perichoretic Communion”, in which the diverse Christian ethnic groups and the plurality of cultures of India must interpenetrate in order to form one unit, while keeping their respective ethnic, linguistic and cultural identities intact. The author draws his insights from Luther’s fundamental theological/ ecclesiological principle: unity of the opposites or distinction and integration, and passionately proposes that it must be the principle of the Indian Church today. This theological writing presents an important and pioneering opus. It clearly focuses on contemporary contextual issues, concerns and challenges, and offers insights of general validity, not only for the Indian world but also from a global perspective. It is a timely volume and is well advised for the worldwide Church and the public at large.


Table of contents :-


List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Preface


Foreword


Chapter One - 


INTRODUCTION


Indian Church in Crisis Phase
Hindu Nationalism
Hindutva's Diatribe against the Church
Nationalism Couched in Religion
Significance of the Church in India
Martin Luther - Our Conversation Partner
Intended Readers and Structure of the Study


Notes


Chapter Two -


HINDU NATIONALISM IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA


The Point of View
Theoretical Devices
Modernization-Secularization Theory
Orientalist Theory
World-Systems Theory
Subaltern Theory
Towards a Multi-Civilizational Approach
Reality of India
Construing the Nation Religiously
Rise of Nationalism
Nationalism - Definition
Nationalism - Its Historic Roots
Nationalist Discourse in India
Nationalism and Secularism - Contemporary Dilemma
Partition and Its Impacts on Contemporary India
Hindu Nationalism
Colonial Public Space and Hindu Nationalist Discourse
Hindutva - The Backbone of Hindu Nationalism
Instrumentation of Religion
Re-construal of Hindu/Hinduism
Spatial Strategy
From Tolerance to Aggression
Hindu Nationalism - Its Organization and Consolidation
Hindu Nationalism - Its Challenges to the Church in India
Summary


Notes


Chapter Three - 


EMERGENT IMAGE OF THE CHURCH


Perspective
Historical-Theological Foundations of the Church
Origin of the Church
Biblical Images of the Church
Divine-Human Relationship in the Old Testament
From Exclusion to Embrace
Missionary Nature of Ecclesia
Idea of Transcendence
Church's Attitude towards Suffering
Idea of Community
Paul's Understanding of the Church as Community
Distinctiveness of the Christian Idea of Community
Kingdom of God and the Church
Non-Conformity to the World
Transitions within the Church
Unity of the Church
Trinitarian/Christological Controversies
Imperial Favouritism and the Church
Schisms within the Church
Summary


Notes


Chapter Four- 


ECCLESIA IN MARTIN LUTHER'S THOUGHT


Ecclesiological Task
Martin Luther, the Reformer
Middle Ages
Medieval Church
Reformation and Its Impact on the Church
Ecclesia within Luther's Horizon of Thought
Theology of the Cross
Theology of Justification
Law and Gospel
Meaning of Ecclesia in Luther's Perception
The Idea of Community/Communion in Luther
Church as the Communio Sanctorum
`The Priesthood of all Believers'
Sacraments
Sacrament of Baptism
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Public Ministry
Church and State - Two Realms of God's Activity
Summary


Notes


Chapter Five - 


A CRITIQUE OF LUTHER'S THOUGHTS ON THE CHURCH


The Critical Task
Approaching Luther's Ecclesiological Constructions
Luther's Tryst with the Princes and the Peasants
Hermeneutical Significance of `Justification' in Luther's Thought
Idea of Community in Luther and Contemporary Discourses
Luther on Two Realms of God's Activity
Unity of the Opposites or Distinction and Integration
Summary


Notes


Chapter Six - 


CHURCH - THE PERICHORETIC COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD


Church in Context
Models of Community
Atomistic/Contractarian Model
Organic/Functional Model
Mutual/Personal Model
Community in Indian Context - Ascriptive Movement
Existent Modes of Discourse on the Church
Significance of Perichoretic Communion
Key Components of the Perichoretic Communion
"The Communion of Saints"
Trinitarian Foundation of Church
Church as an Extended Divine Communion
Intra and Inter Ecclesial Communion
Extra Ecclesial Communion
People of God and the Church
Ecclesia and the Principle of Love - Bible and the Reformer
Mission of the Church in the Context of Hindu Nationalism
Christian Faith and Church's Mission
Church as an Instrument of Healing and Reconciliation
Church's Role in the Life of the Nation
Summary


Notes


Chapter Seven- 


CONCLUSION


Church Amidst Intransigent Hindu Nationalist Discourse
Church as the perichoretic communion: Promise of the Gospel
Religion-State Interface Today
Possibility of a Middle Third Way
Significance of the Perichoretic Communion
Church in the Public Domain


Notes


Select Bibliography


Primary Sources: Martin Luther
Secondary Sources


Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Articles and Reports


List of Scriptural References


Index of Subjects


Index of Authors


About the Author :-


Rev. Dr. R. Sahayadhas is an ordained minister of the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC). Currently he is Professor, teaching systematic theology at the United Theological College, Bangalore. Prof. Sahayadhas affirms himself as an ecclesial person with a deeprooted passion and commitment for the mission/ministry of the Church, especially in India. He has come to academia after having a long stint of pastoral experience to his credit. What is the relationship between ecclesia and academia? With the emergence of Enlightenment rationalism, there was an attempt to thrust religion within the limits of reason and a good number of theologians developed a kind of scepticism with regard to the ability of ecclesia to stand rational scrutiny. But Prof. Sahayadhas iterates not only the indispensable inter-connection but also their inter-dependence. This volume represents his passion to be a genuine bridge-builder or interlocutor between ecclesia and academia. He can best be caricatured as a ‘Middle-Path’ theologian. He is the recipient of Dr. Frank Collision Award (2012) for the best published article by an Indian theologian entitled: “Religion-State Relationship: Significance of a Middle-Path in Contemporary India”. Prof. Sahayadhas is married to J. Usha, a High School Teacher, teaching Tamil language, and they are blessed with a son, Benil Sahayadhas, who is studying in the 11th grade now. 

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