Public Theology: Indian Concerns, Perspectives, and Themes

Public Theology: Indian Concerns, Perspectives, and Themes

by Gnana Patrick

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This book situates public theology within the genre of political theology. Drawing upon the distinct strands of political theologies identified by Daniel M. Bell, Jr., Gnana Patrick treats public theology as the form of political theology for our contemporary era and takes special care to relate these strands of political theologies to the Indian context, thereby opening up the theological horizon for Indian public theology. Further, Public Theology dwells upon certain prominent features of our contemporary global world and discerns the human need for experiencing transcendence today. Taking faith to be the catalyst for this experience of transcendence, it points to civil society as the interstice through which faith can be imparted to the contemporary world. And, it argues for the relevance of public theology for that work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506449180
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gnana Patrick is professor of Christian studies at the University of Madras, Chennai, India. He has been chair of the School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, University of Madras, and is a member of the Senate of Satya Nilayam (Sacred Heart College), Faculty of Philosophy, Chennai.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Relating Political Theologies to the Indian Context 1

2 Thinking of Public Theology in India 15

3 An Indian Public Theology of Mission 31

4 Faith and Culture: A Christian Poiesis 53

5 Nurturing Transcendence: Church and Civil Society 69

6 Religious Pluralism and Democracy 85

7 Subalternity and Religion in India 103

8 Ambedkar's Philosophy of Religion as a Political Theology 123

9 Biblical Hermeneutics: A Subaltern Perspective 135

10 A Subaltern Public Theology of the Holy Spirit 149

11 Encounter of End-Time Beliefs as It Occurred in Pandita Ramabai 165

12 Conversation on Dharma 175

Glossary 187

Bibliography 189

Index 203

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