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Journal of Indian Theology

In order to promote contextual theology the Journal of Indian Theology was founded in 2008. This venture of Tejas involves much commitment from the staff and the students. There are 3 issues a year. .

Editorial of the First Issue of the Journal of Indian Theology

The Word of God is not bound! It needs to find ever new expressions in all contexts and in all generations. The Word of God is creative, effective and transformative. However, it can effect any transformation only if it is articulated in a meaningful way that people can respond to it and be affected by it. This need was recognized by Vatican II. Responding to the call of Vatican II to articulate the Christian faith experience in ‘terms of the philosophy and wisdom of the people, and how their customs, concept of life and social structures can be reconciled with the standard proposed by divine revelation’ (Ad Gentes 22), and following the path of Brahmabandhab Upadhyay, the father of Indian Christian theology, who made a pioneering effort to develop a relevant theology in the Indian context, this new theological journal, Journal of Indian Theology provides a forum for creative Indian theological reflection. The aim of this journal is to promote and support theologizing in the Indian context and to give a wider publicity to the attempts of theologians to articulate a relevant theology in dialogue with a plurality of religions, cultures, world-views and socio-economic and political situations of India, while remaining faithful to the ‘standard proposed by divine revelation’ as taught by the Church.

For the pioneers of Indian theological thinking since the middle of 19th century it was not a luxury to engage themselves in the theological enterprise. It was not a mere academic exercise, either. They were moved by the power of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ whom they were graced to encounter, to communicate their experience to their fellow-Indians in a language and idiom, in categories of thought, in philosophical systems and in an Indian world-view meaningful to them. They were certain that the richness and the newness of God’s ultimate self-communication in Jesus Christ would not reach people if the message were to be communicated through the medium of borrowed and alien world-views, however meaningful they might have been in the culture of their origin. They were convinced of the infinite value of the message of Jesus Christ for nation-building and the inexpressible value of Jesus Christ for personal and societal transformation. Their attempts must be carried forward with renewed enthusiasm and commitment at this juncture of Indian history, when the nation is facing a serious crisis threatening the unity and the integrity of the country as well as religious harmony and concord among people due to a resurgent religious fundamentalism and social unrest caused by the evil effects of globalization.

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the pioneering attempts of the great Indian Christian, Brahmabandhab Upadhyay (1861-1907), to develop an Indian Christian Theology. In this centenary year of his death (2007-2008) seminars and symposia are being conducted to commemorate the path-breaking contributions this great Indian prophet and mystic made to develop a theology that is truly catholic and truly Indian. He was a prophet disowned by some of the officials of the Church of his time and a mystic who was not understood even by some of his close associates. Yet he would not give up his commitment to Christ, his Thakur (Lord). The depth of his understanding of the urgency and the need of proclaiming Christ and his message responding adequately to the religious and cultural context of the people found recognition and acceptance more than half a century later at Vatican II. We are inspired by His passionate love for Christ and his Church, his deep commitment to secure freedom for India, his strong conviction that Jesus Christ and his message, articulated using philosophical and cultural categories and symbols, could bring about the transformation of person and the nation itself. This first issue of the Journal of Indian Theology is dedicated to this great son of India and the Church. The Journal of Indian Theology hopes to continue at least some of the efforts of Brahmabandhab Upadhyay in providing a forum for relevant Indian theological reflection, as he had done in his journals Harmony, Sophia and The Twentieth Century.

The Journal of Indian Theology intends to publish articles on all theological subjects and biblical interpretations articulated in dialogue with Indic realities, so that God’s Word may confront the Indian situation and the Word may be confronted by them. God’s Word needs to find roots in the lives of disciples and find expression through their confrontation with the anti-kingdom situation so that the Word may transform it to a kingdom situation where humans can unfold and become what they are called to become, namely, authentic humans who are ‘the glory of God’. This is done with the conviction that an Indian theology that emerges from this constant dialogue with the Indic realities has much to contribute to enrich the deepening of the Christic experience and to the widening of the horizons of theology in general.

The development of an Indian theology is possible only in dialogue with the process of theologizing that is taking place in different parts of the world where the Church is present as the sacrament of Christ. Indian Theology will be distinct from other contextual theologies but not separate from them.

We earnestly look forward to the wholehearted support and collaboration of everyone who is committed to developing a meaningful and challenging Indian theology which will deepen our Christic experience and make the proclamation of Jesus Christ and His message ever more effective in the Indian context for the transformation of our society

Jacob Parappally, MSFS

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In order to promote contextual theology the Journal of Indian Theology was founded in 2008. This venture of Tejas involves much commitment from the staff and the students. There are 3 issues a year. .

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