Indonesian Journal of Theology

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EISSN : 2339-0751
Published by: Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia (10.46567)
Total articles ≅ 121

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Toar B. Hutagalung
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 93-124;

Colonization takes over many dimensions of life, e.g., theology, economy, history, and the idea of humanity itself (anthropology). In Indonesia, colonization by the Dutch Empire has been determining the life of the Indonesian people since the eighteenth century. The twin gazes, namely of the European orientalists and of the colonized natives, have colluded to maintain certain ruptures in the mentality of the common Indonesian person, including how they treat other human beings. Such a malforming situation is obscured from historical analysis, given what history’s very construction owes to colonial influence. To retrace a more affirming and dignified history, I look elsewhere than the formal record and, by doing so, propose that such a decolonial task lies in availing contemporaneous literary works. In this essay, I present an analysis of the colonial-era novel Max Havelaar, wherein I parse the hidden historical archive offered both in and by the text. Through this analysis, I consider how such an alternative archive affects one’s theological imaginary and promotes the (re)construction of a theological anthropology that escapes the confinement of the white Western orientalist gaze.
Benita Lim
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 41-61;

As Christianity arrived on the shores of Singapore closely following British colonization, Western missionaries introduced their interpretation of the Holy Communion into a foreign land and space that was experiencing its first brushes with Western modernity. Contemporaneously, the movement of modernity continues to make an impact upon an important element of life closely intertwined with religious folk practices and culture of locals: food. In the face of modernizing foodscapes and primordial religious backgrounds, converts from Chinese religious traditions to Christianity find themselves navigating the dissonance of Western Holy Communion theologies with the Chinese philosophies of food. How might churches in Singapore begin to respond to the tensions arising when these two philosophical systems meet, and when Christians and churches seem to appropriate “syncretistic” theologies into their liturgical behavior? This article undertakes an interdisciplinary effort by employing social science to explore the modernizing of food in Singapore, as well as engaging Chinese philosophies of food and the body to explain tensions among converts from Chinese religious traditions, and the resistance of local churches towards Chinese understandings of food rituals in the partaking of the Holy Communion. It will also briefly propose that interdisciplinary studies, including liturgical studies, will be essential in developing a more robust theology of the Holy Communion among churches, thereby enhancing its witness within and without.
Monte Lee Rice
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 129-131;

This is a book review of The Pentecostal Hypothesis: Christ Talks, They Decide.
Lisa Asedillo
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 62-92;

This article explores writing and scholarship on the theology of struggle developed by Protestants and Catholics in the Philippines during the 1970s-90s. Its focus is on popular writing—including pamphlets, liturgical resources, newsletters, magazines, newspaper articles, conference briefings, songs, popular education and workshop modules, and recorded talks—as well as scholarly arguments that articulate the biblical, theological, and ethical components of the theology of struggle as understood by Christians who were immersed in Philippine people’s movements for sovereignty and democracy. These materials were produced by Christians who were directly involved in the everyday struggles of the poor. At the same time, the theology of struggle also projects a “sacramental” vision and collective commitment towards a new social order where the suffering of the masses is met with eschatological, proleptic justice—the new heaven and the new earth, where old things have passed away and the new creation has come. It is within the struggle against those who deal unjustly that spirituality becomes a “sacrament”—a point and a place in time where God is encountered and where God’s redeeming love and grace for the world is experienced.
Briana Wong
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 23-40;

Christianity is a small but growing minority in Cambodia, accounting for only about 3% of the population yet growing there at a rate faster than in any other country in Southeast Asia. In Cambodian Christian communities, it is not uncommon to find more women than men in the churches. Cambodian boys often spend a brief period of their youth as novice monks at Theravada Buddhist monasteries, during which time they have the opportunity to become familiar with the Pali language and holy texts. Girls are not afforded this same opportunity, as there are no nuns (bhikkhuni) in contemporary Theravada. Within the Christian community in Cambodia, women carry out much of the service work in the churches, but only rarely are they invited to preach, let alone to become pastors—as is the case in much of the world. This article, based on interviews and participant observation with evangelical churches in Cambodia in 2019, demonstrates the ways in which ministry carried out by women has been characterized by courageous creativity, empowered through physical distance, and undergirded by a resoluteness of vocation.
Peter C. Phan
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 8-22;

This is a guest editor's introduction to the special issue "Christianities in Southeast Asia"
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 1-7;

This is editorial introduction to Special Issue "Christianities in Southeast Asia."
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 9, pp 125-128;

Sebuah resensi untuk buku Interfaith Engagement in Milwaukee: A Brief History of Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Adrianus Yosia
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 8, pp 198-230;

Artikel ini akan mendedah penggunaan teologi interseksionalitas pada konteks pluralitas identitas sosial dari Tionghoa-Injili di Indonesia. Klaim saya adalah pluralitas identitas sosial dari kaum Tionghoa-Injili Indonesia di dalam konteks kerusuhan Mei 1998 dapat menjadi sumber berteologi yang mewujud di dalam empat lintasan heuristik yang dilandaskan kepada karakteristik dari kaum Injili sendiri via pembacaan lensa interseksionalitas. Untuk mencapai tujuan ini, pertama-tama eksplorasi mengenai pluralitas identitas kaum Tionghoa-Injili secara umum akan dijabarkan. Pada bagian berikutnya, artikel ini akan membahas teologi interseksionalitas dan juga karakteristik kaum Injili. Dari sana, saya akan menjelaskan salah satu konteks sosial, yaitu kerusuhan Mei 1998, sebagai konteks sosial dari kaum Tionghoa-Injili. Pada bagian akhir, saya akan mengonstruksi wujud lintasan-lintasan heuristik teologis lewat pembacaan teologi interseksionalitas dari kaum Tionghoa-Injili akan dibingkai via Quadrilateral David W. Bebbington: konversionisme, aktivisme, biblisisme, dan penekanan terhadap karya salib.
Nurcahyo Prasetyo
Indonesian Journal of Theology, Volume 8, pp 231-234;

Sebuah resensi untuk buku Dari Kabar Baik menjadi Kitab-kitab Injil.
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