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Christian Theology and Tribal Culture : In Dialogue with C. S. Song
Authorship Description
Lalboi Singsit.
Bibliographical Details xxviii, 144 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351483800
ISBN-13 9789351483809, 978-9351483809
Year of Publication 2019.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 84.
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This book is an appraisal about Christianity from the Kuki tribal perspectives based on C. S. Song's theology of cultures. It is critiquing the present trend of Kuki Christianity that is in western garb at the expense of its culture, in that case even other tribes, too, have no exception. This book attempts to understand the gospel of Christ through the Kuki religious-cultural concepts and not via westernized Christianity with its metaphysical concepts that are in various cases insensible to the natives. A Christianity presented to us by the missionaries was a divided and colonial Christianity packed with western theological outlook. So, Song's theology of cultures is considered more appropriate by the author, to address the religious-cultural grievances of the Kuki people that have been disoriented by the colonial Christianity.



1. Historical-Cultural Context and Theological Thoughts of C.S. Song towards theology of Cultures
1.1. Life and Theological Background of C.S. Song
1.2. Foremative Factors of C.S. Song
1.3. Cultural Context of C.S. Song
1.4. Brief Discussion on Song's Theological Methodology
1.5. Moving Towards his Theology of Cultures
1.6. Evaluation of Song's Theological Thoughts
1.7. Conclusion

2. C.S. Song's Theology of Cultures in Asian Context
2.1. Introduction
2.2. Different Definitions and Explanations of Culture
2.3. Song's Understanding of Cultures in Relation
2.4. Theological Understanding of Cultures
2.5. Evaluation of Song's Theology of Cultures
2.6. Conclusion

3. Theologizing Asian Resources Story Theology
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Doing Theology with Asian Resources
3.3. Story Theology
3.4. Asian Stories and Biblical Stories in Reciprocation
3.5. Evaluation of Song's Story Theology
3.6. Conclusion

4. The Kuki Socio-Religious-Cultural Context: An Overview
4.1. Introduction
4.2. A Brief History of the Kukis, its Origin, Migration and Settlement
4.3. Impact of Western Christianity on Kuki Tribal Religious and Cultural Traditions
4.4. Prevailing Social and Cultural Ethics
4.5. Communitarian Value System of the Kuki People
4.6. The Tribal Philosophical Foundation
4.7. A Shift from Tradition to Modernity
4.8. Feminist Critique on Land/Creation
4.9. Conclusion

5. A Theological Appraisal on the Kuki Culture from C.S. Song's Theology of Cultures
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Theological Significance of Mythical Stories
5.3. Theology of Cultures in Dialogue
5.4. Liberative and Negative Elements of Kuki Culture
5.5. Critical Evaluation of Theology of Cultures
5.6. Conclusion


Mr. Lalboi Singsit hails from Sirhima village, Medziphema town, Nagaland.
He is the fifth one among the ten children of Mr. Tongsat Singsit and Mrs.
Lamlhai Singsit. He completed his bachelor of Divinity degree in 2007 from
Clark Theological College, Mokokchung, Nagaland. He devoted three years in
doing field work for Kuki Baptist Association, Nagaland. In 2012, he
further pursued his M.Th. in Christian Theology at the North India
Institute of Post Graduate Theological Studies (NIIPGTS), i.e., jointly
sponsored by Serampore College and Bishop's College, Kolkata. Currently, he
teaches in Mission India Theological Seminary, Nagpur, Maharashtra. He is
married to Ms Jenny Chongloi in 2009 and blessed with one son, Satgouthang
Joseph Singsit.

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