The Changing Contours of Social Realities in India
Keywords:theological education, India, society, social context, contextual theology, family, gender division, caste hierarchy, corruption, Hindutva ideology, communalism
Theologizing cannot be done in a vacuum. Whether one is conscious of it or not the hermeneutical task of theological reflection and articulation takes place within a particular context. The challenge of theological formation in India today is to see how 'context–sensitive' we are as theological educators and formators. Do we take adequate efforts to teach our students to retell the story of Jesus in the present-day Indian context? Or do we take it for granted that it takes place automatically? There are various contexts to be considered in the project of theologizing. In this paper, I propose to make an overview of the changing social realities of India.
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