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Church and Empire : Detailing Theological Musings
Authorship Description
Y. T. Vinayaraj.
Bibliographical Details xii, 137 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351483916
ISBN-13 9789351483915, 978-9351483915
Year of Publication 2019.
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This book focuses on the life and witness the faith community in the context of the Empire. The author calls for a radical ecclesiology of the excluded and the unqualified, and challenges the traditional notions of ecumenism and ekklesia. He advocates for a contextual ecclesiology that seriously considers new strategies of mission and ministry in India and identifies the greatest challenges of the church in the contemporary world. The presentations also highlight the dangers of ecumenism based on the imperial logic of ‘oneness’ and re-defines ecumenism as a radical ontology of the multitude and common-wealth in the context of empire. These meticulously written articles identify the role of the theological academia and the church as to formulate biblical hermeneutics, liturgical discourses and ministerial models that will enable them to listen to the voice of the silenced by re-articulating their own theology, politics and aesthetics.



1. Re-Claiming Ecclesia in the Context of Empire
2. Re-Claiming Ecumenism in the Context of Empire
3. Eschaton, Empire, and the Church
4. Religion, Power and Empire: Ambedkar as Guide
5. Theological Education as Transformative Politics
6. The Bio-Politics of the Cruscified: Overcoming the Phenomenology of Violence
7. Reconstituting a Theology of Multitude in India
8. Towards a Planetary Christian Ethics in India
9. Re-claiming Contextual Theologies as Political Theologies:Transforming Theological Education in India
10. Cross as the Fulcrum of Politics: M. M. Thomas with Vattimo and Agamben
11. Daring to Walk: Challenges in Today's Fundamentalist, Religious and Political Arenas
12. Ecumenical Formation and Theological Education in India
13. Mission Re-defined: Voices from the Margins

Rev. Dr. Y. T. Vinayaraj is an ordained minister of the Mar Thoma Church. Currently, he serves as the Professor at Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam & Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture (FFRRC), Kottayam. His recent books include Dalit Theology after Continental Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Intercessions: Theology, Liturgy and Politics (ISPCK, 2016); Theology after Spivak (ISPCK, 2016); Re-claiming Manyness: Re-reading M.M. Thomas in the Light of Indian Christian Theologies (Co-editor, SATHRI, 2017); Re-imagining Reformation (Co-editor, ISPCK, 2017); Empire, Multitude and the Church: Theology after Hardt and Negri (ISPCK, 2017).

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