This book seriously researches the significance of theological education in the
pluralistic context of Asia and particularly India. It vividly recalls the historical
development of theological education under different denominations and different periods.
In particular detail, it analyses the history of the Senate of Serampore
College/University (SSC), its curriculum and its role in fostering ecumenism in India
through theological education. It critically exposes the indispensable need of
interdependent and networking relationship between theological education and the ministry
of the church in order to make our theological education relevant, contextual,
transforming and thus meaningful for the people and the context that we are to serve. In
connection to that, the book strongly emphasized the need for designing the entire system
and structure of our theological education along embracing and ecumenical lines so that it
fittingly relates and responds to India's pluralistic context and the many challenging
facets that form India's uniqueness as well as its complex nature.
This book is a `must-have' for all theological teachers, institutions, students, church
leaders and laity as well, for wider understanding of the ecumenical theological education
in India in general and the SSC system of theological education in particular.
1. The Development of Theological Education in India : A Historical Analysis
2. Historical Background of the Senate of Serampore College
3. Theological Education in a Multi-Faceted Context of India
4. Theological Education under the Senate of Serampore College (University)
5. The Role of the Senate of Serampore College in Fostering Ecumenism in Theological
6. Ecumenical Theological Education under the Senate of Serampore College/University :
Findings, Prospective Criticisms and Suggestions
Rev. Dr. Woba James is an ordained minister of the Baptist Church. He
is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Christianity at Eastern
Theological College, Jorhat, Assam. He received his Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of
Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Serampore
College/University. He is also an active person in peace initiative activities in the
region. He teaches peace concerns for Master of Arts in Peace Studies at Eastern
Theological College under the department of Institute of Leadership Enhancement and
Ministry Augmentation (ILEMA). He also involves in Peace programs in the region with the
department of Peace and Justice of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India.
He has been involved in the teaching field for many years. He is married to Dr. Lovely
Awomi who is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Christian Theology at
Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam, and they have three children. Apart from many
scholarly works to his credit he not only contributes extensively to various theological
journals but also travels for seminars as resource person and speaker for several programs
of different churches.