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  • Uang dan keterasingan

    Weny, Nelman Asrianus (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    Money is, in of itself, an anonymous and neutral force. However, throughgoing capitalization in all dimensions of life has brought humankind to regard the making of money as its sole objective to be achieved by any means necessary. At the same time, the misuse of money breeds alienation. The expression, “Whosoever has the money, has the power,” only exacerbates alienation. As a social reality, alienation presents a confessional challenge to the church, including churches in Indonesia. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, with particular emphasis upon philosophical and theological studies, I argue that the church bears ethical-moral responsibility for overcoming this challenge. The solution that I offer amounts to a “new language” for money within the framework of a “theology of money”: To meet its ministry obligations, the church needs money, yet the church must also combat the idolization of it. To wit, churches must dare to prove that each, whether as individual or institution, is truly free from all forms of monetary idolatry.
  • Partisipasi, komunitarian, dan eskatologi : sebuah imajinasi konstruktif antara membali puang dan theōsis

    Paledung, Christanto Sema Rappan (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    This article proposes an imaginative constructive theology the membali puang in Rambu Solo' [Toraja funeral rites]. The soteriological notion of the Aluk Todolo [Way of the Ancestors] assumes that humans at first were divine beings and would eventually return [membali] to being divine, puang. I will situate membali puang in dialogue with the notion of theōsis from the tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy, as exemplified in the work of Vladimir Lossky. He argues that participation in Trinitarian life occurs only in the divine energy. Therefore, in an imaginative way, I propose that membali puang as theōsis enjoys a similar character of being participatory, communitarian, and eschatological.
  • Perempuan penyembuh : sebuah pendekatan feminis

    Ranboki, Buce A. (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    In Timor, the traditional healing practices of mnane (a Healer or healing woman) are alleged as “shamanism.” All the same, this accusation originates from area church as religious institution that had been founded upon Calvinistic values. What is sadder still, Healers are labeled superstitious, irrational, and profane. Such accusations marginalize and wound their dignity as women. The theological question is whether the source of such healing power would have caused the church to construct theological assumptions that would be so androcentric, rationalistic, and supremely concerned with accuracy. In this study, I would argue that the church must construct a theology that is truly born-of and favorable-toward women, as it also ushers Healers into the hospitality of the church-as-space for dialogue, partnership, and empowerment. Through the feminist approach of Mery Kolimon, the inspirational Teologi Rakyat (grassroots theology) of John Campbell-Nelson, and Trinitarian theological imagery, I urge that traditional Healers deserve enfranchisement and inclusion in the fellowship and friendship of the church as both form and function of the ‘Church's sacramental’ for the work of empowerment and healing.
  • “Yang lain” dalam pemikiran Levinas dan Ricoeur terkait prinsip hidup bermasyarakat

    Simon, John C. (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    Levinas and Ricoeur share a concerted attention for the Other. Each bases his thought upon the understanding that philosophy ought primarily be construed as ethics, with a political dimension able to transform life unto justice. However, each also approaches the task of justice differently. Levinas adopts an asymmetric ethic that I should do justice to the poor, the stranger, the marginalized and the orphaned, yet without expecting anything in return. For him, such responsibility precedes one’s being. On the other hand, Ricoeur adopts a symmetrical and reciprocal ethics, where the praxis of a good and just life resembled collaboration, where each person contributes ideas and efforts to promote that very same good and just life. Ricoeur likewise sounds an ethical call for justice within institutions, such as the nation-state that becomes a vehicle for collaborate efforts toward justice. Asymmetrical as well as symmetrical ethical callings signal equally vital elements for the construction of a contextual political theology in Indonesia. This article highlights two crucial themes in fair economic behavior and religiously based communalism. Within the frame of a democratic nation-state, the communalistic nature of Pancasila can serve as a means for political theologizing that shifts the orientation from center to periphery.
  • Merupa teater kemuliaan allah sebagai ruang publik : suatu usaha untuk mengonstruksi suatu ruang publik lewat pemikiran John Calvin dan Ninian Smart di dalam konteks agama-agama dunia

    Yosia, Adrianus (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    This article attempts to conceptualize the notion of ‘public sphere’ from the perspectives of Reformed theology and religious studies. This construction proceeds using a largely forgotten theological concept put forth by Calvin, namely the theater of God’s glory, in tandem with Ninian Smart’s phenomenological scaffold of the seven dimensions of religion. Through this constructive act, the author intends to demonstrate that Calvin’s concept of the theater of God’s glory can become a kind of ‘public sphere’ by means of an integration of thought with the aid of religious studies.
  • Uang dan keterasingan

    Weny, Nelman Asrianus (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    Money is, in of itself, an anonymous and neutral force. However, throughgoing capitalization in all dimensions of life has brought humankind to regard the making of money as its sole objective to be achieved by any means necessary. At the same time, the misuse of money breeds alienation. The expression, “Whosoever has the money, has the power,” only exacerbates alienation. As a social reality, alienation presents a confessional challenge to the church, including churches in Indonesia. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, with particular emphasis upon philosophical and theological studies, I argue that the church bears ethical-moral responsibility for overcoming this challenge. The solution that I offer amounts to a “new language” for money within the framework of a “theology of money”: To meet its ministry obligations, the church needs money, yet the church must also combat the idolization of it. To wit, churches must dare to prove that each, whether as individual or institution, is truly free from all forms of monetary idolatry.
  • Partisipasi, komunitarian, dan eskatologi : sebuah imajinasi konstruktif antara membali puang dan theōsis

    Rappan Paledung, Christanto Sema (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    This article proposes an imaginative constructive theology the membali puang in Rambu Solo' [Toraja funeral rites]. The soteriological notion of the Aluk Todolo [Way of the Ancestors] assumes that humans at first were divine beings and would eventually return [membali] to being divine, puang. I will situate membali puang in dialogue with the notion of theōsis from the tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy, as exemplified in the work of Vladimir Lossky. He argues that participation in Trinitarian life occurs only in the divine energy. Therefore, in an imaginative way, I propose that membali puang as theōsis enjoys a similar character of being participatory, communitarian, and eschatological.
  • Perempuan penyembuh : sebuah pendekatan feminis

    Ranboki, Buce A. (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    In Timor, the traditional healing practices of mnane (a Healer or healing woman) are alleged as “shamanism.” All the same, this accusation originates from area church as religious institution that had been founded upon Calvinistic values. What is sadder still, Healers are labeled superstitious, irrational, and profane. Such accusations marginalize and wound their dignity as women. The theological question is whether the source of such healing power would have caused the church to construct theological assumptions that would be so androcentric, rationalistic, and supremely concerned with accuracy. In this study, I would argue that the church must construct a theology that is truly born-of and favorable-toward women, as it also ushers Healers into the hospitality of the church-as-space for dialogue, partnership, and empowerment. Through the feminist approach of Mery Kolimon, the inspirational Teologi Rakyat (grassroots theology) of John Campbell-Nelson, and Trinitarian theological imagery, I urge that traditional Healers deserve enfranchisement and inclusion in the fellowship and friendship of the church as both form and function of the ‘Church's sacramental’ for the work of empowerment and healing.
  • “Yang lain” dalam pemikiran Levinas dan Ricoeur terkait prinsip hidup bermasyarakat

    Simon, John C. (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    Levinas and Ricoeur share a concerted attention for the Other. Each bases his thought upon the understanding that philosophy ought primarily be construed as ethics, with a political dimension able to transform life unto justice. However, each also approaches the task of justice differently. Levinas adopts an asymmetric ethic that I should do justice to the poor, the stranger, the marginalized and the orphaned, yet without expecting anything in return. For him, such responsibility precedes one’s being. On the other hand, Ricoeur adopts a symmetrical and reciprocal ethics, where the praxis of a good and just life resembled collaboration, where each person contributes ideas and efforts to promote that very same good and just life. Ricoeur likewise sounds an ethical call for justice within institutions, such as the nation-state that becomes a vehicle for collaborate efforts toward justice. Asymmetrical as well as symmetrical ethical callings signal equally vital elements for the construction of a contextual political theology in Indonesia. This article highlights two crucial themes in fair economic behavior and religiously based communalism. Within the frame of a democratic nation-state, the communalistic nature of Pancasila can serve as a means for political theologizing that shifts the orientation from center to periphery.
  • Merupa teater kemuliaan Allah sebagai ruang publik : suatu usaha untuk mengonstruksi suatu ruang publik lewat pemikiran John Calvin dan Ninian Smart di dalam konteks agama-agama dunia

    Yosia, Adrianus (UKSW Salatiga, 2018)
    This article attempts to conceptualize the notion of ‘public sphere’ from the perspectives of Reformed theology and religious studies. This construction proceeds using a largely forgotten theological concept put forth by Calvin, namely the theater of God’s glory, in tandem with Ninian Smart’s phenomenological scaffold of the seven dimensions of religion. Through this constructive act, the author intends to demonstrate that Calvin’s concept of the theater of God’s glory can become a kind of ‘public sphere’ by means of an integration of thought with the aid of religious studies.
  • Menalar dilema etis dalam film Silence

    Aruan, Abel K. (2018)
    Silence was a provocative film, particularly for Christians viewers. Aside from sketching stories of great interest concerning challenges endured by Jesuit missionaries to Japan, the film presents a deep ethical struggle one finds worthy of careful analysis. In the most climactic scene, the missionary Rodrigues faces an ethical dilemma. He must desecrate fumi-e, a bronze board depicting Christ Jesus, in an act of apostasy to save five tortured and dying hostages. Rodrigues must choose: apostasy or allowing people to die. In this article, the author attempts to reason through Rodrigues' ethical dilemma, without providing conclusive arguments in support of any ethical choices the author might prefer, to broaden the thinking of his readers. Following preliminary considerations for how to define the category of ethical dilemma, the author provides two key questions for evaluating solutions belonging to the moral agent. (α) Concerning competing moral demands, which one is highest in standing amid the rest? (β) Concerning available interventions by the moral agent, which action most effectively realizes the highest moral demand? These two lines of inquiry frame three proposed solutions. Finally, the author also proposes a fourth solution termed Kierkegaardian conflict, following the philosopher of ethics Phillip L. Quinn, whose own proposal, too, remains inconclusive for resolving the dilemma.
  • Bait suci: kemegahan versus penderitaan : sebuah tafsir ulang atas pembangunan bait suci Salomo menurut 1 Raja-raja 5:1-1

    Samosir, Agustina Raplina (2018)
    Construction for Solomon's Temple entailed forced labor. This is evinced, first, by several terms connoting forced labor, such as mas, sēbel, and ‘ebed, which are used in the text to describe the Temple project. Widely attested during the reigns of David and Solomon, terms such as these denote just how royal projects were carried out. A second piece of evidence concerns the outbreak of civil unrest during Solomon's day over the issue of forced labor in Israel. As such, the Temple's very construction bears enormous human cost, just as the splendor of that Temple is directly proportionate to the suffering of both denizens and working class. Here the author analyzes the Temple-construction process of Solomon's era, showcasing one example of the “human pyramid” that demands consideration amid a proliferation of interpretative work to be done in the present time.
  • Perempuan penenun : menelusuri pengalaman perempuan penenun di Sumba dari sudut pandang teologi keindahan menurut John Navone

    Umbu Lolo, Irene (2018)
    Knowledge, capacity, and creativity are God’s gifts to women, and these gifts enable women to weave cloth. From a perspective of theological aesthetics, the activity of such weaving women may be seen as a form of participation in God’s beauty, just as their experience as women weavers become an experience of the beauty of God. These women express understanding, knowledge, and awareness of their own personhood, namely, as human beings who through the process and experience of weaving cannot be separated from one another, nature, or God. This article locates the experience of women weavers as an important site for theological aesthetics. Such experience invites more than mere recognition or appreciation, even as it might also function as a basis for a contextual theology in Sumba. This is so, because—as I explicate—such experience amounts to an experience of the beauty of God.
  • Bersukacita karena penghakiman Allah : sebuah penelitian puitis Mazmur 58

    Huang, Yasuo Thunderstorm (2018)
    Unjust judgment ever haunts human life. One instance of such injustice is recorded in Psalm 58. Injustice begets deep human suffering. This article puts forth a reading of Psalm 58 using poetic criticism in an attempt to disclose the psalmist’s feelings amid his suffering. Taking on this aspect of the psalmist’s feelings differs subtly from other scholarly approaches to reading Psalm 58, such as the contribution of Marvin E. Tate. Instead, here the psalmist’s feelings are disclosed in the very fact of the suffering he experiences, although suffering is not the inception of the psalmist’s feelings. The suffering he experiences creates nothing of his feelings. Rather, divine intervention amid suffering is what stirs the very feelings being wrought within the psalmist. That intervention is registered in the psalmist’s recognition toward God. In the end, the event of God’s just judgment might inspire the church’s own disposition against unjust judgment.
  • Neera K. Badhwar, Well Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life. Reviewed by

    O'Neill, Seamus (University of Victoria, 2016-04-25)
    Book Review
  • Alastair V. Campbell, Bioethics: The Basics. Reviewed by

    n/a; Thomas, Vladimir D. (University of Victoria, 2016-04-25)
  • Jewish Philosophical and Psychological Approaches to the Apostle Paul

    Langton, Daniel R. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-15)
    The study of Jewish approaches to Paul has tended to focus on theological issues. For some Jewish thinkers, however, the apostle was of interest for reasons other than interfaith dialogue or religious polemic. The philosophers Baruch Spinoza, Lev Shestov and Jacob Taubes, and the psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Hanns Sachs, discovered in Paul’s writings support for their own ideological agenda. Each one, in his own way, offered a powerful critique of the place of religion in society. In terms of understanding Jewish-non-Jewish relations in the modern world, the study of how the Apostle to the Gentiles features in the works of these so-called marginal Jewish thinkers is a useful reminder of the complexity of Jewish identity.
  • Translation as Aesthetic Resistance: Paratranslating Walter Benjamin

    University of Vigo (Galicia, Spain); Burghard Baltrusch (Cosmos Publishing Cooperative, 2010-12-20)
    This essay is a brief study of translation as a practice of aesthetic resistance seen from a historical and philosophical perspective. Translation is perceived as the process of transition and negotiation within the ‘third space’ between various different hybrid cultural contexts and their discursive constraints, and referred to as ‘paratranslation’. It summarises the first attempts to think of translation as an almost ‘holistic’ paradigm and the aesthetics of intervention from Romantic philosophy onwards. It attempts to show how Walter Benjamin’s master narrative, the utopia of ‘pure language’, encourages continuous resistance to the totalitarianism of the idea of the ‘original’, to aesthetics (within the sense of the perception of the real) and to dominant discourses. It subsequently defines the idea of ‘progress’, which considers translation as aesthetic resistance, as a process of construction in constant deconstruction. It concludes by exemplifying the notion of translation as a paradigm of intervention in modernity with a brief analysis of the transcreation performed by Erin Mouré on Fernando Pessoa/Alberto Caeiro’s poetic cycle, O Guardador de Rebanhos (The Keeper of Sheep).
  • Approaches to the Question, ‘What is Life?’: Reconciling Theoretical Biology with Philosophical Biology

    Arran Gare; Swinburne University (Cosmos Publishing Cooperative, 2009-03-14)
    Philosophical biologists have attempted to define the distinction between life and non-life to more adequately define what it is to be human. They are reacting against idealism, but idealism is their point of departure, and they have embraced the reaction by idealists against the mechanistic notion of humans developed by the scientific materialists. Theoretical biologists also have attempted to develop a more adequate conception of life, but their point of departure has been within science itself. In their case, it has involved efforts to overcome the reductionism of scientific materialism to develop a form of science able to identify and explain the distinctive characteristics of living beings. So, while both philosophical biologists and theoretical biologists are struggling to overcome scientific materialism, they are approaching the question: What is Life? from different directions. Focussing on the work of Robert Rosen, I will try to show what revisions in our understanding of science theoretical biologists need to accept in order to do justice to the insights of the philosophical biologists. I will suggest that not only will this involve major revisions in what we understand science to be, but that scientists must accept that science is indissociable from natural philosophy, and that to properly comprehend life mathematics must ultimately be subordinated to stories.

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