M.M. Thomas was one of the chief architects of the modern ecumenical movement. An outstanding theologian, his original and rather unconventional explorations into ecumenical social ethics remain highly relevant even today. Long before liberation theology burst on the scene, Thomas raised his prophetic voice for the liberation of humanity from the dehumanizing structures. Focusing on the theological and social contributions of M.M. Thomas and his legacy for our times, and published with the support of the Council for World Mission to coincide with the centenary of Thomas' birth, this collection brings together an international panel of distinguished scholars, theologians and church leaders.
Table of Contents
Foreword Collin Cowan Introduction Jesudas M. Athyal, George Zachariah and Monica Melanchthon Part I: The Man and His Legacy 1. M.M. Thomas's Theology of Society: An Overview Jesudas M. Athyal 2. The Formation of a Prophet of the Cross: M. M. Thomas, the Early Years Leonora Tubbs Tisdale 3. Reflections on an Intentional Life Lois M. Wilson 4. M.M. Thomas: An Appreciation Charles C. West Part II: Theological Foundation 5. M.M. Thomas and the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Hielke T. Wolters 6. Re-reading M.M. Thomas in the Context of the Distress of Earth George Zachariah 7. Locating M.M. Thomas between Word and World Adrian Bird 8. M.M. Thomas and Richard Shaull: Comparing Notes on the World Church and the Ecumenical Movement Raimundo Barreto Jr. 9. Messianic Spirit in the Life of the Minjung and All Living Beings Kim Yong-Bock Part III: Prophetic Witness for Fuller Humanity 10. Political Aspects of the New Humanity in Christ Gabriele Dietrich 11. In the Grip of an Essential Truth: Prophetic Witness and the Christian Presence in Global Struggles for Justice Allan Aubrey Boesak 12. The Christian Community in a Secular State: The Significance of the Thought of Dr. M.M. Thomas on State and Politics Ninan Koshy 13. A Political Theology of the Crucified God: M. M. Thomas and the Contemporary Political Thought Y. T. Vinayaraj 14. A Champion of People’s Power C. T. Kurien 15. Encountering MM’s Thoughts in Action Rajendra K. Sail Part IV: A Dialogical Approach 16. Dialogue in the Context of Asian Plurality: Pushing the Boundaries of Dialogue S. Wesley Ariarajah 17. M.M. Thomas in the Multiverse of Religious Traditions David C. Scott 18. Protestant, Catholic, Hindu: Some Reflections on M. M. Thomas’ Assessment of Brahmobandhav Upadhyaya Francis Clooney, SJ 19. Dialogue as Witness to the New Creation: Towards a Post-M.M. Thomas Theology of Dialogue Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar 20. The Missiology of Paul D. Devanandan George R. Hunsberger Select Bibliography Adrian Bird
Jesudas M. Athyal was the Associate Professor of Social Analysis and Dalit Theology at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, India. He is the co-author of Understanding World Christianity: India (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016), the Editor of Religion in Southeast Asia: An Encyclopaedia of Faiths and Cultures (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015) and the Associate Editor of Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity – 2 vol. (New Delhi: OUP, 2012).
George Zachariah is the Professor in the department of Theology and Ethics at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. He is the author of Alternatives Unincorporated: Earth Ethics from the Grassroots (London: Equinox Press, 2011).
Monica Melanchthon teaches Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of, "Protect me from those who are violent!" – Psalm 140: A Cry for Justice, A Song of Hope" in Singing the Songs of the Lord in Foreign lands: Psalms in Contemporary Lutheran Interpretation, LWF Documentation Series (59/2014) and, "Engaging Women’s Experiences in the Struggle for Justice, Dignity, and Humanity: Hebrew Bible Readings by South Asian Women" in With the Eyes of a Woman: A Retrospective of Feminist Contextual Readings of the Hebrew Bible.