• Hagar dan Putri-putrinya: Perempuan Tertindas dalam Alkitab: by Eben Nuban Timo

      Ekklesi, Benni Amor Salutavi (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-02-13)
      A book review of Hagar dan Putri-putrinya.
    • Kesatuan dan Perbedaan dalam Gereja Perdana

      Christianto, Victor (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-02-13)
      Two interesting questions in relation to the Early Church history are the extent of unity or diversity among Peter, James, and Paul; and also how Paul's thoughts have shaped the direction of the Church in later periods. Answers to these questions will be very helpful in order that we can give a proper response to "Paulinism", an accusation which some non-Christian thinkers often have towards Christians (c.f. Tom Jacobs). Such an accusation (Paulinism) basically says that Christianity is a religion created by St. Paul, not Jesus Christ. In order to respond to such an accusation, in this article the writer will describe: what was the historical truth concerning relation between St. Paul and the Jerusalem Church generally, and especially the relation between St. Paul and James the brother of Jesus. It will be shown that the relationship between St. Paul and the Jerusalem Church did not indicate separation or conflict, but unity in diversity. This article is written with a purpose to open a new constructive way of interfaith dialogue; nonetheless, this is just preliminary research, therefore, this article may not give the last word or a definitive answer to the problems posed above.
    • The Depth of Unknowing: Or, How to (Un)Know God according to Pseudo-Dionysius and Raimon Panikkar

      Sasongko, Nindyo (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-02-13)
      What is the relevance of the sixth-century writings attributed to Dionysius of Areopagite or Pseudo-Dionysius for twenty-first-century Christianity? This article is an inquiry into the notion of divine unknowability within the Pseudo-Dionysian corpus. As a thinker who lived in an era in which great disputations over cardinal doctrines of the church had become passé, Pseudo-Dionysius seemed to have creatively used different concepts and phrases than those great thinkers before him. For Dionysius, the way to know God is to unknow (agnōsia) God, for God cannot be the object of human knowledge—God is beyond being. To posit God as being or to be existent means, therefore, idolatry, since God is that which cannot be grasped by words or human concepts. To assess this apophatic theology of Pseudo-Dionysius, I shall make use of the thinking of Raimon Panikkar who struggles against Western “strict monotheism.” Finally, I shall demonstrate the implications of the doctrine of the unknowability of God vis-à-vis modern debates on the existence of God and on atheism.
    • Yesus, Sang Orang Asing: Alternatif Kristologi bagi Orang Indonesia-Tionghoa-Kristen

      Diredja, Kartika (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-02-13)
      This article offers one of the alternative solutions for the struggle of the Christian-Chinese-Indonesians in facing their status as strangers in Indonesia. This status is a result of the ongoing stereotyping process which position them as a homogenous group. While in reality, their understandings of their identity in Indonesia are varied. This heterogeneity can be seen through the various alternative solution they made to face the situation. This article gives the alternative solution according to the Christian faith by understanding Jesus Christ’s status as The Stranger. The Gospels show us that Jesus chose His status as The Stranger by purpose to give meaning to it and to use it positively. For Jesus, His status as The Stranger is not a terrible thing, but rather an opportunity to work for His society. His viewpoint to His status can be the viewpoint of Chinese-Indonesians to their status. By that, they can use their status to make their presence relevant in Indonesia.  
    • Fenomena Pemberhalaan Agama

      Sipayung, Parulihan (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-02-13)
      Religions tend to imprison God in their formulation. It is even not impossible that religions can replace God. The very act of replacing God is known as the idolatry of religion. Let God be God and religions be God’s hands to bring liberation to the world.
    • The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament: by Sandra L. Richter

      Fuad, Chelcent (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-02-13)
      A book review of The Epic of Eden.
    • "Plans to Prosper You": Practical Theological Resourcing of Immigrant Churches for Civic Engagement

      The, Christopher (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-09-10)
      Immigrant churches function as interpretive interstices, where assimilation strategies are adjudicated and clashing cultural norms negotiated. Addressing purported Asian American malaise vis-à-vis civic engagement, I propose a practical theology method that privileges interlocution between a scriptural hermeneutics of diaspora and certain insights from social science. In the case of Asian American Christianity, how might immigrant churches more faithfully seek the "city's" shalom? What resources are available to evangelical migrants—and their children—for helping define identity and sense of belonging in this (new) land? How might immigrant churches better serve their ethnic constituencies within the context of American civic society? Thoughtful appropriation of the mantle of exile on the part of immigrant Christians helps to theologize that space of perpetual foreignness within contemporary American society. Immigrant churches are called to foster exilic interpretive imaginaries, in order to discern divine agency and faithful human response within the very contexts where God has dispersed God's people. One such example of doing practical theology is here offered.
    • Menuju Teologi Identitas: Kajian atas Rekonstruksi dan Representasi Moral Kristen Barat terhadap Makna Mu’kur di Minahasa

      Pinontoan, Denni H. R. (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-09-10)
      In this article, I argue that issues, particularly with regard to concerns of "life after death" and the role of Minahasan forebears within the life of the community, have over time been shaped, reconstructed, and re-represented by a Western Christian moralism. A counterproposal is offered, in the form of a "theology of identity." Embracing an understanding of identity as being a summative projection of a "newborn spirit," this emerging approach to theologizing Minahasan identity offers a novel means to attend to certain turmoils that have festered within the life of the Minahasan church and its Christians.
    • Penunggang Kuda Putih Itu Adalah Ida Sang Hyang Yesus Kristus, Sang Awatara: Perjumpaan Kristen Bali dengan Kitab Wahyu di Sulawesi Tengah

      Supradnyana, I Gede (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-09-10)
      In this essay, I present an understanding of Jesus from the perspective of Balinese Christians in Central Sulawesi. As an example of a reader-response method, Revelation 19:11-21 has been historically read there in light of a Balinese worldview. Such readings meet with the Balinese interpretation of the white-horse rider (Jesus) as the awatara (avatar) that will come again to fight evil (adharma) and to establish righteousness (dharma) on earth. Insights to be culled from such work include increased awareness of our ecological plight, as well as heightened urgency to address both the moral decline of society and the contemporary phenomenon of indifference toward religion.
    • Mengenal dan Bergaul dengan Allah: by Yakub B. Susabda

      Anugrah, Michael Dhimas (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-09-10)
      A book review of Mengenal dan Bergaul dengan Allah.
    • Keindahan dalam Disabilitas: Sebuah Konstruksi Teologi Disabilitas Intelektual

      Sinulingga, Isabella Novsima (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-09-10)
      This article challenges conceptions of intellectual disability that view such conditions from the perspective of normalcy. In Indonesia, conversations of theological anthropology still employ a medical model lens, which perceives disability merely as bodily and intellectual impairments, thus failing the standard of "normal." Normalcy unilaterally defines disability and dictates normative approaches toward persons with disabilities. Consequently, persons with disabilities are perceived in Indonesia as mere objects of charity to be pitied. On the other hand, they remain susceptible to suffering violence. These trends owing to the fact that Indonesian society does not adequately provide either tangible resource considerations or sufficient social support. Lacunae in the theological literature concerning disability in Indonesian contexts foment in the life of the church further challenges for persons with disabilities. For persons there with intellectual disabilities, in particular, the situation is even more severe, as their condition is regarded as a kind of punishment for sin and further stigmatized as abnormal. This article offers a constructive theology of disability to dismantle the myth of normalcy, which reduces persons with disabilities to being merely impaired organisms within society. Theological musings on the beauty of all creation, the perichoretic relationship within the Trinity, the doctrines of imago Dei and imago Christi are taken up in this essay, to offer an inclusive theology expressly for persons with intellectual disabilities.
    • Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices: Explorations through Java: by Albertus Bagus Laksana

      Harmakaputra, Hans A. (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-09-10)
      Resensi buku Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices.
    • Menantang Paradigma Misi Kristen yang Bersifat Kognitif-Proposisional dengan Mengembangkan Pengetahuan Historis Misi

      Bangun, Maraike Joanna Belle (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2015-09-10)
      Mission, a basic facet of Christianity, has been deployed in many different ways. One strategy has been by means of violence, rooted as this approach has been in a cognitive-propositional mode of thinking. In this article, I show the importance of maintaining a historical understanding of mission, in order to challenge certain realizations of Christian mission-driven by such a cognitive-propositional paradigm. This article appropriates aspects of George A. Lindbeck’s thought, in order to explain the characteristics of the cognitive-propositional paradigm and its implications for Christian mission.
    • Wahai Pengikut Kristus, Mainkanlah Drama yang Mentransformasikan Itu! : Menjawab Peran yang Mentransformasikan dari seorang Kristen bagi Bangsa Indonesia dengan Model Teatrikal dari Kevin J. Vanhoozer

      Yosia, Adrianus (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2016-05-01)
      This article calls Christians to engage in true, transformative action, in Indonesia. To attain to such an alluring provocation, I employ the theatrical ideas of Kevin J. Vanhoozer—namely his thought contribution of "the drama of doctrine"—which I propose finds a suitable complement in Miroslav Volf’s "prophetic religion"- descriptor of Christianity." The combination results in the constructive theopoetic composite I call "transformative drama"—namely, theatrical Christian action that effects change within and leverage impact upon the social locations of the transformative-active Christian.
    • Ketidaktaatan Sipil dan Pilihan Golput : Sebuah Tinjauan Injili

      Siburian, Togardo (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2016-05-01)
      This article seeks to connect the ethics of civil disobedience with the practices of golput (abstaining from voting), that is, purposeful abstention from voting in Indonesia's general elections. By describing golput as a form of civil disobedience—for its ability to mobilize on principle; for its aims to achieve certain moral ideals—I argue that golput comprises the conscientious and soft-resistance of many citizens, in their struggle for civil rights. Evangelicals and their churches ought to perceive this issue of social ethics primarily within the framework of theology, not politics. Indeed during Indonesia's Reformasi era many of democracy's ideals—including justice and prosperity—have been misused for the fulfillment of the self-interest of the few people in power. Indonesian Christians, therefore, have a responsibility to act against such abuses of power, necessitating a theological framing for understanding the praxis of golput as a form of civil disobedience.
    • The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: by Aziz Al-Azmeh

      Wilar, Abraham Silo (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2016-05-01)
      A book review of The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity.
    • The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence: by Thomas Jay Oord

      Tupamahu, Ekaputra (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2016-05-01)
      A book review of The Uncontrolling Love of God.
    • Woman, Man, and God in Modern Islam: by Theodore Friend

      Wilar, Abraham Silo (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2016-05-01)
      A book review of Woman, Man, and God in Modern Islam.
    • Menghayati Kembali Iman Kristen Lewat Anateisme

      Rahadian, Suarbudaya (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2016-05-01)
      With this essay, I aim to provide an alternative way of embracing Christian faith in this postmodern era, by considering both Richard Kearney's concept of anatheism as well as Slavoj Zizek's radical materialism. With the death of the God of ontotheology—as accomplished by modern atheism—Kearney posits anatheism to desribe a further experience of faith that "rebounds" back to God. As such, it assumes a new dimension of encounter with (a/the) postonthotheological God by means of a "wager of faith." In contrast to this God-ward return, the radical materialism of Slavoj Zizek’s theological approach foregrounds the very absence of an "absolute-yet- fragile" God within secular, public space. This paper will outline also my own proposal for leveraging nihilism as constructive dialectic for refining and amplifying Christian faith within the site of struggle that is the contemporary postmodern era.
    • To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World: by James Davison Hunter

      Junaedi, Ujun (Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia, 2016-05-01)
      A book review of To Change the World.