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Christian Commitment to Service : Faith in Practice
Authorship Description
Editors: J. Charles Davis and Jeevaraj Lourdhu.
Bibliographical Details x, 272 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351484041
ISBN-13 9789351484042, 978-9351484042
Year of Publication 2020.
Further Details Festschrift in Honour of Archbishop Antony Pappusamy.
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Christian Service is essentially a requirement of Christian faith and an outpouring of Christian love. Christian faith and service are inseparable. Christianity is a communitarian faith and is rightly known for charitable activities. Charity is a hallmark of Christian faith. Christian service is a voluntary and dutiful commitment for charitable acts without expecting anything in return. Life of a Christian is to be filled with love, compassion and service. Service is not an option but a duty.

This Festschrift Christian Commitment to Service: Faith in Practice contains a collection of articles on Christian service from interdisciplinary perspectives. It reflects on foundations, models and challenges of Christian service and presents recognitions of the service of a good shepherd and archbishop.



                                                     Section A: Foundations of Service

1. The Understanding of Humans in Christianity / Eberhard Schockenhoff
2. Becoming Christ and Serving Others: Call to be a Pastor like Jesus / Jacob Parappally
3. The Kenotc and Life-Giving Jesus in the Gospel of John / Raj Irudaya
4. Self Service of the Other: Indian Spiritual Traditions / John Peter Vallabadoss
5. Behold, I Come to do Your Will: An Intertextual Study of Hebrews 10:5-7 and Psalm 40:6-8 / Yesu Karunanidhi
6. The Infancy Narrative as a Prelude to the Resurrection (Luke 2:41-52) / Joseph Lourdusamy
7. Human Dignity in Catholic History: Foundation and Motivation for Universal Service / J. Charles Davis

                                                 Section B: Models of Service

8. Mary, a Symbol of Christian Unity / S. Santiaga Raja
9. Pope Francis as Pastor: A Model for Ministers in the Church / Michael Amaladoss
10. Companion of Refugees / A. Kulandai Samy
11. Human Affectivity and Spiritual Integration / Charles Alphonse
12. Humility Science and Humility Theology for Holistic Humanity / S. Stephen Jayard
13. Love at the Service of Others: Social Justice Perspective / Jeevaraj Lourdhu
14. Amicable Relationship and Mutual Collaborations with the Religious Congregations for Collective and Effective Ministries / M. John Diraviam
15. Law and Love: Norms for Buiding Communities / Sahayaraj Lourdusamy

                                                Section C: Challenges of Service

16. Hindutva Ideology and Agenda: A Democratic, Christian Response / V. Devasahayam
17. A Sign That Will Be Opposed: An Attempt to Unearth Reasons for the Attack on Christians in India / Nishant A. Irudayadason
18. The Indian Constitution and the Intervention of the Archbishop for a Fair and Healthy Democracy / Anandam Lourdu

                                                 Section D: Recognitions of Service

19. Archbishop Antony Pappusamy: A Great Visionary, A Tall Leader and the Architect of Dindigul Diocese / P. Maria Joseph Christie
20. Significant Contributions of the Pastoral Theologian and the Inspiring Shepherd Archbishop Antony Pappusamy to the Building of Dindigul Diocese / Jeevaraj Lourdhu
21. Archbishop Antony Pappusamy: An Inspiring Priest / J. Charles Davis

Authors of the Articles

J. Charles Davis is a postdoctoral Humboldt Research Fellow at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg. He has a Doctorate in Theology from the Jesuit University of Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt. He has been a Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy and Theology, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. He is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar and a Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican City.

Jeevaraj Lourdhu is a Professor of Moral Theology and has been Registrar and Administrator of the House at St. Paul’s Seminary, Tiruchirappalli. He has a Masters in Theology from St. Paul’s Seminary, Tiruchirappalli and holds a Masters in Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion and a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven. He is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Madurai.

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