This book raises critical questions concerned with life issues, faith, ethics, theology, mission, morality and values; thereby covering the whole existential questions of our time. It also challenges the readers to rethink about faith, theology and mission in the midst of the deadly COVID – 19 pandemic and contemporary realities.
The book consists of 15 chapters dealing with various critical existential and theological issues including tribal theology and its related concerns, methodological issues of contextual theology, climate change and climate justice, theology of human rights in relation to the rights of the whole creation, liberation as theological theme, theological critique of prosperity theology, theological response to corruption, churches’ response to challenges of globalization, theology of land, eco-theology and its implication, pertinence of ethics in development debates, rethinking of mission and mission mandate, etc.
The book calls for conversion of faith, theology and mission – from the highly traditional dualistic, anthropocentric, individualistic and otherworldly understanding to holistic, inclusive and interrelatedness of all creation view of life and reality. It powerfully challenges the status quo of faith and understanding of theology and mission, and offers a clarion call for faith seeking transformation!
1. Introducing Tribal Theology: A Case for Contextual Theology
2. Tribal Theology: Issues and Challenges
3. Methodological Issues in Theology: Interrogating the Methodology of Contextual Theology
4. Sources for Studying Tribal Theology
5. Theology of Land: A Naga Tribal-Indigenous Perspective
6. Space, Creation and Land: An Indigenous-Tribal Eco-Theology of the North East India
7. Tribal Theology of Eco-Human Rights: Resources from the Tangkhul Tradition
8. Religion's Ambience for Peace in Contemporary Tribal and Adivasi Communities
9. Rethinking Mission from Tribal-Adivasi Perspectives: Shifting of Missional Footing
10. Climate Change and Climate Justice in the Context of Tribal Worldview
11. Exploring the Theme of Liberation in the Works of Some Selected Theologians
12. Prosperity Theology: A Theological Critique
13. A Theological Response to Corruption
14. The Pertinence of Ethics in Development Debates
15. Baptist Churches Response to Globalization in North East India: Action Plan
Rev. Dr Yangkahao Vashum is Professor of Systematic Theology at the Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam, India. He is also the Dean of Tribal Study Centre and Executive Editor of the Journal of Tribal Studies, of the College. He is an ordained Baptist Minister from Ukhrul, Manipur. Earlier he served as the HOD of Theology and Dean of the Post-Graduate Studies of the College. 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 authored, edited and co-edited a number of books including Tribal Theology and the Bible: A Search for Contextual Relevance; Peacemaking in Northeast India: Social and Theological Exploration; Search for a New Society: Tribal Theology for North East India; The Quest for Harmony: Christian and Tribal Perspectives, etc. His latest, Christology in Context: A Tribal-Indigenous Appraisal of North East India, has been awarded the J. G. Frank Collison Award for the outstanding contribution to Theological Research in India, 2017. He has also written many scholarly papers in reputed journals, nationally and internationally. He is married to Semmichon Shimrang Vashum and they are blessed with a daughter and a son.