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Contextualization in Theological Formation in India Today

Religious Context


  • John Mundu Tarunoday, Regional Theology Center (RTC)



Catholic education, theological education, India, inculturation, hermeneutical approach, religious pluralism, tribal religions, indigenous religions, rootedness


I believe that theological formation/education presupposes rootedness in one’s faith tradition. It takes seriously the way religion is lived, how it is misused and made irreligious. For religion (the way it is lived out) can make one a ‘demon-incarnate or ‘God-incarnate’. Tribal/indigenous peoples’ religion and their life provide a fresh perspective which is capable of offering a critique of a human being (as an individual and as a human community) and forms an individual person and the whole human community which is more ‘human cosmic-divine’ here and now.

Author Biography

John Mundu, Tarunoday, Regional Theology Center (RTC)

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Francis Gonsalves, God of Our Soil: Towards Subaltern Trinitarian Theology, Delhi: ISPCK, 2010, pp. 66-71.

Peter N.V. Hai, “Reflections on the Future of the FABC’s Theology of the Laity” East Asian Pastoral Review 49(1/ 2012), p. 108.

Aloysius Pieris, “A Theology of Religion Dictated by the Poor Towards a Recovery of Our “Christian Identity in Asia,” Third Millennum 16(2/Apr-Jun 2013), pp. 19-22.

Aloysius Pieris, An Asian Theology of Liberation, New York: Orbis Books, 1988, p. 71.