Paulos Mar Gregorios: A Reader

Paulos Mar Gregorios: A Reader

by K. M. George

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ISBN-13: 9781506430171
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: South Asian Theology
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

K. M. George served as moderator of the WCC Programme Committee (1998-2006), as executive secretary of the NCC-India, and as principal and professor at the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, India. He was also professor at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Switzerland (1989-94). He is a priest of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in India and is currently director and Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios Chair of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam as well as director of the Sopana Orthodox Academy, Kottayam, India.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction xv

Part I Philosophy-Western and Indian/Asian

Philosophy, Meaning, and History-Problem of Methodology 23

The Meaning of Meaning 23

What to Do with Philosophy? 26

University and Monastery: A New Philosophical Alliance 29

European Philosophy and Enlightenment 33

What Is the European Enlightenment? 33

The Philosophical Background 34

Reason's Unreason: Ten Questionable Assumptions of Enlightenment Rationality 37

A Light Too Bright 39

Philosophy of Science 41

Some Basic Questions on Science and Technology 41

The Sources of Contemporary Science and Technology 43

Toward an Indian Perspective on Sci-Tech Today 45

Science, Philosophy, Theology, Ethics 47

Time and Consciousness 49

Psychoanalytic Theory in Need of Holistic Revision 52

Is Science a Pure Discipline? 54

Indian/Asian Philosophical Insights 57

Nagarjuna, Dignaga, and Dharmakirti: The Three Bright Stars in the Firmament of Indian Thought 57

Enlightenment: The Buddhist Way 59

Reason and Spirituality in India 60

Secular and Religious: The Indian Way 62

India as Spiritual Guide 63

Postmodernity and the Indian Mind 65

Ancient India's Impact on Classical Christian Thought 69

Ambiguity of Eastern History in the West 73

Tasks of Indian Philosophy Today 74

Sabda/Sakti and Word/Spirit: A Suffice Analysis of Two Concept Systems 79

The Quest for Indian Identity 84

Personal and Group Discipline 85

Epistemology-Western and Indian 89

Epistemology as a Guarantor of Veracity 89

Epistemology in the Indian Tradition 91

Philosophy of History 97

Emerging Consciousness and Consciousness in History 97

The Nature of Time-A Christian View 98

Is the West More Historically Oriented Than Asia? 100

The Mystery of History 101

Quest for Certainty 103

The Stochastic and the Random in Science 103

Critique of Ideology 105

Can Indian Identity Be Secular? 105

The Secular Debate and Our Constitutional Commitment 110

The Universal Phenomenon of Fundamentalism 114

Part II Ethical Dimensions-Peace, Ecology, Holistic Healing, Interfaith Dialogue

World Peace, Justice, and Disarmament 121

Disalienation-Disarmament 121

The Asia-Pacific Region: Its Significance for World Peace with Justice 122

The Question of Imperialism-Nee-Colonialism 122

Toward a New International Moral Order 124

Women and World Peace 125

Ethics and Ecology 127

The Ground of Hope 127

The Technological-Sacramental Unity 128

Nature in the Bible 130

An Eastern Orthodox Perspective of Nature, Man and God 131

A Disciplined Community and Sexual Ethics 132

God, Nature, Man 138

Two Questions in Classical Ethics 141

Christian Ethics: An Eastern Orthodox View 143

Disciple and Discipline 145

Toward a Social Discipline That Is also Personal 146

Holistic Healing 149

The Holistic Paradigm 149

What Heals? 152

The Whole Heals 153

Insight as Healing Agent 154

The Healer: A Self-understanding 157

Interfaith Dialogue 159

The Christian Approach to Dialogue with Other Faiths 159

The Panchsheel for Religions 161

Dialogue with the Secular World 163

The Interfaith Movement: Three Points for Future Orientation 165

The Unconscious Mind-Archetypes and Images as a Dimension in Interreligious Dialogue 166

A New Concourse of Religions 169

Some Questions for Marxist-Christian Dialogue on Meaning 171

Part III Autobiographical Glimpses, Worship, and Spirituality

Autobiographical Glimpses 179

Suffering the Key to the Mystery 179

Sacramental Humanism: How My Mind Has Changed 180

My Vision-My Faith 182

Final Testimony 185

Joy of Freedom (Worship and Spirituality) 189

Worship and Theological Discourse 189

Christian Worship: Three Concerns 190

Gathering Up the Real Life of Man Today 193

The Transcendent Dimension 194

The Eucharist and Christ's Sacrifice 196

Worship as Grace and Freedom 197

Non-Verbal Experience 198

Degrees of Sanctification 199

Joy of Freedom 201

Part IV Theology and Ecumenism

The God-World-Humanity Relationship-Insights from Gregory of Nyssa 207

St. Gregory of Nyssa and the Greek Philosophy 207

Diastema as Extension 210

Uncreated and Created Nature 212

Dizziness of Theology 213

Discontinuity between the Creator and the Creation 214

Divine Essence and Creative Operations 215

Trinity, identity and Distinction 217

Creation's Participation in Divine Nature 218

Freedom as Transcendence 219

Freedom as Creativity of the Good 221

The Creative Potential and the Human Task 222

Sin, Original Sin, and Nature 223

Sin as Alien to Human Nature 225

Sin and Diastema 226

Male-Female Distinction and Fullness of Humanity 227

Historical Life as Seed of Eternity 228

Freedom and Grace 230

Love, Holiness and Freedom 233

God- World Relationship 234

Man-World Relationship 237

God-Man Relationship 238

Freedom and Authority 245

Freeing Freedom 245

Sacramental Theology 249

Mastery-Mystery 249

Scriptural Witness-Interpreting the Bible 251

Christian Meaning of Service 251

The Nature of the Church 253

The Priestly Ministry 256

The Prophetic Ministry 258

The Good Shepherd 259

Each Child Has an Angel? 260

Be Still and Know: A Spiritual Exercise 261

The Communitarian Dimension of Faith and Knowledge 265

The De-cerebration of Faith and Knowledge 265

A New Awareness of a Universal Tradition 266

Man/Humanity as Mediator-Theological Anthropology 271

Five Fundamental Assumptions of Christian Anthropology 271

Man's Place in the Universe 273

Doctrine of Theosis: A Brief Introduction 275

The Scriptural Witness to Theosis 277

The Search and Reach of Love 279

The Glory of God and the Glory of Human Person 280

Science and Technology: Instrumental in the Process of Theosis 283

The Mystery of Incarnation 285

Knowing and Becoming 285

The Mystery of Christ 286

Christ-As the Eastern Fathers Saw Him 288

Two Christologies 290

God Became Flesh: The Eternal in the Historical (John 1:1-18) 291

Dimensions of Ecumenism 295

Ecumenism: An Introduction 295

Three Great Possibilities for the Ecumenical Movement 298

The Goal of Ecumenical Work: An Orthodox View 300

The Orthodox and the Unity of the Church 301

The Christological Argument 304

A Speculation for the Future 307

Theological Method 309

Engaging in Philosophical Theological Reflection 309

Theological Language and Secular Language 310

Church and Ministry 317

The Body of Christ-Eternal and Historical (Eph 1:3-2:10) 317

Ordination-Laity, Women 318

Inerrancy, Indefectibility and Infallibility 320

Liberation and Salvation 323

Evil as Non-Being 323

Spirit of God and Other Religions According to Gregory of Nyssa 324

Part V Perspectives on Future Humanity

Perspectives on Future Humanity 333

Iconopeia-The Art of Making Images of the Future 333

New Civilisation 334

The Shape of the Future 335

Language and the Future 341

Integral Community Yoga 344

The New Enlightenment 347

Interfaith Dialogue for a Mature Humanity 349

The Great Symbol 351

Subject Index 355

Author Index 363

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