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Christology in Context : A Tribal-Indigenous Appraisal of North East India
Authorship Description
Rev. Dr. Yangkahao Vashum.
Bibliographical Details xxxiv, 222 p. maps. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481719
ISBN-13 9789351481713, 978-9351481713
Year of Publication 2017.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 49.
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Christology in Context : A Tribal-Indigenous Appraisal of North East India

One theological theme that requires serious consideration is a contextualized Christology. Too many tribal people envision Jesus in terms of the portrayals presented by the Euro-American missionaries. Indigenous people continue to imagine Jesus as fair skinned, blond or red-headed, and blue eyed. This book attempts to construct a contextual Indigenous Christology that is revealed in Naga cultural values and metaphors. In all, this book raises a serious question on the adaptability of western Christology by the tribal people. The author asserts that a Christology must not only incorporate socio-economic and political realities of the people, but also peoples' values and traditions.

Any attempt to articulate a Naga-Indigenous Christology must begin by defining Christology and the gospel for ourselves in ways that might be more compelling and more culturally appropriate for us. And we do this by asking who Jesus is and what might Jesus mean for the Naga community? How might we profess and proclaim Jesus in a manner that is genuinely derived from and centered in the Naga people's experience and cultural reality?

The author in the present brain-storming research work has employed various historical, political, and cultural resources to move a step beyond the existing Indigenous theological work by providing a comprehensive and in-depth treatment of the identified theological theme.

Contents

Foreword-I

Foreword-II

Foreword-III

Abstract

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Colonialism, Missionaries, and Indigenous : A Critical Appraisal

          1.1 Colonialism and Christian Mission : A General Overview

          1.2 Colonialism, Missionaries, and Nagaland (Northeast India)

          1.3 British Colonial Power and Christian Mission : An Evaluation

          1.4 Naming of the Native : Who Calls the Shot?

          1.5 Colonialism, Ethnographers, and Nagas

          1.6 Missionaries in Nagaland : Their Attitude, Intention, and Impact

          1.7 Colonialism, Missionaries, and Indigenous Christology

2. Situating Indigenous Theology : Historical, Socio-Economic and Political Setting of Nagaland

          2.1 In Search of Identitiy : Who are the Nagas?

          2.2 Origin of the Nagas

          2.3 Nagas and their Neighbours before British Contact

          2.4 Nagas and the British : A Brief Overview

          2.5 British Legacy : The Most Dangerous Legacy

          2.6 Naga's Struggle, Resistance Movement and Freedom

          2.7 Pre-Independence of August 1947

          2.8 Independent India Scenario : Conflicts and Negotiations

          2.9 The Indo-Naga Peace Process : A Critical Analysis

          2.10 The Roles of Civil Society in Resistance Movement and Peace Process

          2.11 Obstacles to the Solution

          2.12 Socio-Economic Situation of the Nagas : An Overview

          2.13 The Most Alienated, Exploited and Neglected Region

          2.14 Situating Naga-Indigenous Christology

3. Christology : Christological Traditions and Approaches through the Centuries

          3.1 Jesus Christ through the Centuries

          3.2 Christ and Culture

          3.3 Christological Trajectories

          3.4 Cosmological Christology

          3.5 Political Christology

          3.6 Anthropological Christology

          3.7 Contemporary Christology

          3.8 Christology in Postmodern Context

          3.9 Theology of Liberation and Culture

          3.10 Liberation and Cultural Christology

          3.11 Christology and Naga-Indigenous Theology

4. Methodological Issues of Indigenous Theology : Sources of Indigenous Christology

          4.1 Postcolonial, Postcolonialism, and Postcolonial Theory

          4.2 Defining Postcolonialism

          4.3 Postcolonial Imagination and Naga Situation

          4.4 Postcolonialism : Identity, Hybridity, and the Nagas

          4.5 Liberation Theology and its Limit

          4.6 Liberation and Inculturation

          4.7 Indigenous Theology : Methodological Consideration

          4.8 Models of Contextual Theology

          4.9 Indigenous Theology as Postcolonial Theology : A Further Discourse on Methodology

          4.10 Reclaiming the Past : Sources of Indigenous Christology

          4.11 Western Science and Indigenous Knowledge

          4.12 Indigenous Theology and Indigenous Resources

          4.13 Space, Creation, and Land : Indigenous Theological Point of Reference

5. Dreaming the Future : A Theological Construction of a Naga-Indigenous Christology

          5.1 Indigenous Theology in Northeast India

          5.2 Dreaming the Future : A Naga-Indigenous Christology of Culture and Liberation

          5.3 Jesus as the Rooster

          5.4 Jesus as the Ancestor and Elder Brother

          5.5 Jesus as the Liberator

          5.6 Jesus as the Reconciler

          5.7 Naga Indigenous Christology : Liberation, Reconcilation, and Healing

Conclusions

Bibliography

Appendices

Index

Rev. Dr. Yangkahao Vashum is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam, India. He is Head of Department of Theology at the College. Earlier, he served as the Dean of Tribal Study Centre, Executive Editor of the `Journal of Tribal Studies,' and Dean of the Post-Graduate Studies of the College. He is an ordained Baptist Minister from Ukhrul, Manipur.

He received his BTh, BD and MTh degrees from the Senate of Serampore College (University); ThM from the Princeton Theological Seminary; and PhD from the Iliff School of Theology and Denver University, USA. He has edited and co-edited a number of books including `Tribal Theology and the Bible; Peacemaking in Northeast India; Search for a New Society; The Quest for Harmony.' He has also written many scholarly papers in reputed journals, nationally as well as internationally. He is married to Semmichon Shimrang Vashum; they are blessed with a daughter and a son.


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