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Building Christianity on Indian Foundations
Building Christianity on Indian Foundations

Building Christianity on Indian Foundations

by Timothy C Tennent

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English

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8172145721 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 399

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Paperback

Timothy C Tennent
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Author: Timothy C Tennent
Publisher: ISPCK
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 399
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172145721

Description

Although Brahmabandhav Upadhyay (1861- 1907) has been called the father of Indian Christian Theology no comprehensive study of his theology has been published. This book addresses this neglect and in the process demonstrates how this 19th century Indian continues to speak with relevance and power to the church today.

In Building Christianity on Indian foundations, Dr Tennent explores the three major theological attempts made by Upadhyay to find an adequate foundation upon which an indigenous expression of Christianity in India might be built and flourish. This book, will take the reader on a powerful theological journey from the universal knowledge of God revealed through natural theology to the intricate philosophical arguments of great thinkers like Sankara and St Thomas Aquinas to the theological significance of some of the popular expressions of Indian culture in contemporary India.

The publication of this volume marks the 100th anniversary of both Upadhyay’s landmark identification of Sankara’s maya with St Thomas Aquinas contingent being as well as the formal ecclesiastical ban on all of Upadhyay’s writings. However, his writings are now accessible to us and his remarkable thinking is inspiring and provoking a whole new generation of Christian leaders wrestling with the perennial issue of the relationship between the gospel and culture.

REVIEW

Despite being the first Indian Christian theologian to enter into a positive dialogue with the Hindu philosophical tradition, Brahmabandhav Upadhyay has been curiously neglected. Tim Tennent’s sensitive and thorough investigation of Upadhyay’s thought-both his use of Sankara as a starting point for articulation Christian theology in Advaitin terms and his nationalist aspirations-remedies that neglect decisively. In this fascinating study, Tennent opens up for us the lasting theological legacy of this remarkable Hindu-Catholic.
-John l Brockington, Professor of Sanskrit, School of Asian Studies University of Edinburgh

Contents

PREFACE

KEY EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF BRAHMABANDHAV UPADHYAY

CHAPTER ONE: PROLEGOMENA
Introduction
Research Proposal
Theological Methodology set within an Historical Context
Review of the Literature
Conclusion

CHAPTER TWO: THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT
Introduction
Bengali Renaissance
Hindu Reform Movements
Christian Attitudes to Hinduism and Indian Culture in 19th Century Bengal
Conclusion

CHAPTER THREE: THE PHILOSOPHICAL/THEOLOGICLA CONTEXT
Introduction
Conclusion
The Philosophical Theology pf Sankara
Conclusion

CHAPTER FOUR: BRAHMABANDHAV AND NATURAL THEOLOGY: BUILDING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY ON HE FOUNDATION OF PRIMITIVE THEISM AND HUMAN REASON
Introduction
Natural theology in Upadhyay’s Writing
Reason and Revelation in Brahmabandhav’s Writings

CHAPTER FIVE: BRAHMABANDHAV AND SANKARA’S ADVAITISM: BUILDING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY ON THE FOUNDATION OF PHILOSOPHICAL HINDUISM
Introduction
The Nature of God as Absolute and Unrelated
The Relationship of the Absolute to the Phenomenal World (Maya)
Salvation (Moksa)
Conclusion

CHAPTER SIX: RELIGION AND CULTURE: BUILDING CHRISTIANITY ON THE FOUNDATION OF INDIAN CULTURE
Introduction
Hindu, Hinduism and Hinduness in Upadhyay’s Writings
Upadhyay’s application of Hindutva to Aspects of Indian Culture
Conclusion

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE THEOLOGICAL LEGACY OF BAHMABANDHAV UPADHYAY
Introduction
Seven Key Theological Contributions of Brahmabandhav Upadhyay
Suggestions for Further Research
Concluding Evaluation of Upadhyay’s Place in the History of Indian Christian Theology

APPENDIX ONE

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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