Sunday, 8 May 2011

The proposed 'Dictionary of Indian Christian Theology'

Dr Eric J. Lott of United Theological College, Bangalore, began working on a Dictionary of Indian Christian Theology in the mid-1980s. He was succeeded by Dr D.C. Scott and Dr O.V. Jathanna of the same College. Unfortunately the project was never brought to completion. Dr Jathanna says it required one or two years of work, but that the College did not find it possible to release any of the editors for this task.

Four files containing precious contributions from leading Christian theologians of the time are preserved in the Archives of the UTC Library at Miller's Road. These are now somewhat dated, and so cannot be published as they are. Still, they remain a precious record of theological thinking in the mid- and late 1980s in India. There are contributions by Richard De Smet (on Pierre Johanns, Thomas Aquinas, and Analogy / Laksana), Bede Griffiths (on Jules Monchanin), Hans Staffner (The Khrista Purana of Thomas Stephens), R. Panikkar, and a host of other very well known theologians, both Protestant and Catholic.

One of the 4 files contains correspondence (dating from 1985, if I am not mistaken) as well as lists of themes / contributions.

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