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The Church’s Mission and Post-Modern Humanism by M. M. Thomas


Dr. M.M. Thomas was one of the formost Christian leaders of the nineteenth century.  He was Moderator of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and Governor of Nagaland. An ecumenical theologian of repute, he wrote more than sixty books on Theology and Mission, including 24 theological commentaries on the books of the bible in Malayalam (the official language of the Indian state of Kerela). This book was jointly published by Christava Sahhya Samhhi (OSS), Tiruvalla, Kerela, and The Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (ISPOK), Post Box 1585, Kashmere Gate, Delhi - 110 006, in 1996. Price Rs. 60. Used by permission of the publisher.  This material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted & Winnie Brock.


Preface


These papers, essays and talks deal primarily with the Indian Church’s mission and Indian ecclesiology in relation to two contemporary Indian realities, namely religious and ideological pluralism and the peoples’ movements against the present pattern of development under globalisation.

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This is a collection of twenty-one selected essays given as papers and talks at various meetings in India during the years 1992 to 1996. They deal primarily with the Indian Church’s mission and Indian ecclesiology in relation to two contemporary Indian realities, namely religious and ideological pluralism and the peoples’ movements against the present pattern of development under globalisation.

I have dealt with the first topic in my writings before. But there may be some new ground covered. The other topic was discussed in my Chavara Lectures. A Diaconal Approach to Indian Ecclesiology. Here I continue the reflections on it.

In editing these essays, I have tried to cut down repetitions to the minimum, but since some of them are integral to some of the essays I have left them there but have put footnotes to indicate cross references to show I am aware of these repetitions and to reduce the irritation they cause to the reader.

Manjadi P.O., Thiruvalla- 689105 India

March 1, 1996

M.M.Thomas

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