This course surveys the thought of various Indian and Asian thinkers, and their approaches to Christ and the Gospel. This study also aims to understand the importance of context and Contextual Theology in today’s world.
At the end of the course, students will be able to gain:
- Academic (Thinking):
To help the students know about the development of the Indian Christian Theology and the context in which it developed, and how Indian Christian theologians used contextual concepts and patterns to approach Christ and the Gospel.
- Experience (Skill):
The students will learn how to approach context-based issues with a sensitive and open mind and engage with them, while remaining true to the evangelical faith
- Relational (Attitude & Behaviour):
The students are expected to develop an attitude of research and openness towards the issues ingrained in the context. This will help them to communicate the gospel with ingenuity and sensitivity
- Spirituality (Devotion & Passion)
Committing oneself to lead a Scriptural life engrained in one’s respective context and to value context-sensitive proclamation of the gospel.
Boyd, Robin. An Introduction to Indian Christian Theology. Delhi: ISPCK, 2002.
Sumithra Sunand. Doing Theology in Context. Bangalore: Theological Book Trust, 1992.
Sumithra, Sunand. Christian Theologies from an Indian Perspective. Bangalore: Theological Book Trust, 1995.
SUPPLEMENTARY / RECOMMENDED READING AND TOOLS (Bibliography)
Aleaz, K. P. A Convergence of Advaita Vedanta and Eastern Christian Thought. Delhi: ISPCK, 2000.
Andreas Nehring, ed. Prejudice: Issues in Third World Theologies. Madras: Gurukul, 1996.
Balasundaram, Franklyn J. Contemporary Asian Christian Theology. New Delhi: ISPCK, 1995.
Gispert-Sauch, Amaladoss & T. K. John. Theologizing in India. Theological Publications in India, 1981
Gnanakan, Ken, ed. Biblical Theology in Asia. Bangalore: Theological Book Trust, 1995.
Grenz, Stanley J. & Roger E. Olson. 20th Century Theology: God & the World in a Transitional Age.
Secunderabad: OM Books, 1992.
Massey, James and Samson Prabhakar, eds. Frontiers in Dalit Hermeneutics. Bangalore & Delhi:
SATHRI & CDSS, 2005.
Pathil, Knacheria. Trends in Indian Theology. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2005.
Rajasekaran, V. C. Reflections on Indian Christian Theology. Madras: The Christian Literature Society,
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Ro, Bong Rin and Ruth Eshenaur. The Bible & Theology in Asian Contexts: And Evangelical
Perspective on Asian Theology. Taiwan: Asia Theological Association, 1984.
Shimray, Shimreingam, ed. Tribal Theology: A Reader. Jorhat: Tribal Study Centre, 2003.
Singh, Surjit. Preface to Personality. Madras: CLS, 1952.
Stephen M. A Christian Theology in the Indian Context. Delhi: ISPCK, 2001.
Sugirtharajah R.S., Cecil Hargreaves. Readings in Indian Christian Theology. Vol.1.London: SPCK, 1993.
Thomas, M. M. and P. T. Thomas. Towards an Indian Christian Theology: Life and Thought of Some
Pioneers. Tiruvalla: Christian Sahitya Samiti, 1998.
Wilfred, Felix. Asian Public Theology: Critical Concerns in Challenging Times. Delhi: ISPCK, 2010.
Wilfred, Felix. On the Banks of Ganges: Doing Contextual Theology. Delhi: ISPCK, 2002.
GUIDELINES FOR INTERACTIONS
We anticipate our students to have varied viewpoints which will enrich the discussions in our learning community. Therefore, we ask our students to be charitable and respectful in their interactions with each other, and to remain focused on the topic of discussion, out of respect to others who have committed to being a part of this learning community.
ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
- Discussion Forum
A. Weekly Discussions and Written Responses:
- (Weeks 1 and 2 only): 300 Words each, 2 questions, (Total 10%)
Late responses are not accepted. Each week’s initial response is due on Wednesday (11:59pm) and interactions with other responses are due on Saturday (11:59pm).
Attendance in this course is demonstrated by regular log-ins and up-to-date participation in forums and live classes.
Every Monday (for weeks 1 and 2 only), a weekly discussion question will become visible. Each student will read through the question and take time to formulate a response.
Aim for responses that display a thorough understanding of the textbooks and primary sources relevant to each question and a clear engagement with the class discussions and lectures, especially identifying areas of your understanding of each week’s themes that have challenged, changed, and/or enriched you. This is not a summary of the readings and the lectures, but a response to particular themes/arguments. Be specific and brief, but not superficial.
The initial response should be 300 words but there is no set limit on words for the subsequent interactions between students. In order to maximize the benefit of this element of the course, the student should post his/her initial response by 11:59 pm on Wednesday of the week and then spend the remainder of that week interacting with their colleagues (at least responding to 2 students) in the class until Saturday at 11:59pm.
Each weekly questions and themes will be discussed on following week during optional class meetings
Discussion Forum and Grading Rubric (see the General Grading from FBC Grading standards)
B. Reflective Questions (Weeks 1 through 4): 300-500 words, 9 assignments, Total 60%. Due on every Saturday, 11:59PM
Reflective questions will be given every week. The student needs to reflect his/her thoughts on the given question based on the readings and lecture videos. The answer requires an understanding of the content learnt through the week and the practical application of the same in addressing the question.
C. Final Research Paper – 30%. On the last Saturday of the module.
D. SUMMARY OF ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
Evaluation is based upon the completion of the following assignments:
Weekly Discussions and Responses (Weeks 1 and 2) – 2 Form questions (one per week)
Reflective Questions (Weeks 1 through 4) – total 9 questions
Final Research Paper
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN WORK
Submission Method and Late Submission
Submission: Papers to be submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format via Global Classroom
Late Submission Penalties:
- Delayed responses to questions in Weekly Forum will NOT be accepted.
- All other late assignments will be penalized 1% (1 point) per day.
In all assigned work, proper style guidelines must be used and followed exactly; failure to do so will render the submitted assignment unacceptable.
For proper citation style, consult the FBC Style Guide or the full edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Seventh Edition, especially chapters 5 and 6 for arrangement of entries through in-text citations and Works Cited.
Integrity in academic work is required of all our students. Academic dishonesty is any breach of this integrity, and includes such practices as cheating (the use of unauthorized material on tests and examinations), submitting the same work for different classes without permission of the instructors; using false information (including false references to secondary sources) in an assignment; improper or unacknowledged collaboration with other students, and plagiarism.
Global Classroom takes seriously its responsibility to uphold academic integrity, and to penalize academic dishonesty.
COURSE EVALUATION (Feedback)
Global Classroom values quality in the courses it offers its students. End-of-course evaluations provide valuable student feedback and are one of the ways that Global Classroom works towards maintaining and improving the quality of courses and the student’s learning experience. Student involvement in this process is critical to enhance the general quality of teaching and learning.
Before the end of the course, students will receive an email with a link to the online course evaluation. The link can also be found in the left column on the course page. The evaluation period is 2 weeks; after the evaluation period has ended, it cannot be reopened.
Course Evaluation results will not be disclosed to the instructor before final grades in the course have been submitted and processed. Student names will be kept confidential and the instructor will only see the aggregated results of the class.
ONLINE PRIMARY SOURCE READINGS
The readings can be found as PDF files on the course web page at under “Materials”.