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Towards a Theology of Universality : John Wesley's Socio-Economic, Political and Moral Insights on British Class and Indian Caste Distinctions
Authorship Description
Rev. Dr. Joseph Basappa Suray.
Bibliographical Details xxxiv, 486 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351480119
ISBN-13 9789351480112, 978-9351480112
Year of Publication 2015.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 5.
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Theology is a Universal phenomenon, which can be developed by anyone, from any where to explore relationships with God and fellow beings, in order to address any issue relating to human rights and dignity. `Theology of Universality' is a power, a power for those who have been politically oppressed economically exploited and socially discriminated since ages in the past, to enable them to see a common ground for a common humanity. It is to empower the powerless, to be united for a common cause irrespective of their caste/class, colour, creed and religion.

The Book examines Theology of Universality from a Christian perspective in general, with a special focus on John Wesley's Theology. It is an attempt to unfold his theological convictions, which inspired him to develop his theological response to the Class Distinctions in Society and the slave trade to particular during the Eighteenth Century. Further, it unfolds Wesley's Theology in Indian context, to see how it can be put to action to confront the evils like Status quo: Caste Discrimination in Social, Economic, Political and Religious chains of Hinduism.

Therefore, Universal implications are drawn from Wesley's Theology of justice, love, compassion, equality, human dignity and image of God to the Indian context. Thus the Author presents a broad solution to have a common humanity so that everyone can live with dignity. It is also a Universal torch that projects a light that will enshrine any sensible person in India to be a positive voice to talk about God. It encourages them to understand that human dignity is the right of all to the `Liberated HARI-JANAS' transformed children of God in the modern Indian society.

Contents

The Book

The Author

Forward

Acknowledgements

Abstract

Preface

Abbreviations

Glossary

Prologue

1. Social and Economic History of Eighteenth Century England

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Social Context (Class)

    1.3 The Nature of British Society

    1.4 The Nature of British Economy

    1.5 Political Life

    1.6 Religious and Moral Life

    1.7 Conclusion

2. The British Slave Trade : Historical Survey

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Class and Slavery : A Relationship

    2.3 Slavery : An Historical Survey

    2.4 Slavery : Interpretations

    2.5 Slavery : British Slave Trade

    2.6 Slavery : A Progressive Process--

    2.7 Slavery : A Progressive Suffering

    2.8 Slavery : A Progressive Arguments

    2.9 Conclusion

3. John Wesley's Theology of Universality : A Response

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 John Wesley : General Background

    3.3 John Wesley : Theological Roots

    3.4 John Wesley : A Theologian

    3.5 John Wesley : Theological Basis

    3.6 John Wesley : The Social Implications

    3.7 Conclusion

4. Caste : An Historical Perspective

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 The Caste System

    4.3 Caste : Its Nature

    4.4 Outcastes : Dalits

    4.5 Dalits : Present Situation

    4.6 Caste System : Reactions

    4.7 Caste : Problem

    4.8 Conclusion

5. Bonded Labour : An Inquiry

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Bonded Labour : Solution or Problem?

    5.3 Bonded Labourer?

    5.4 Bonded Labour : Interpretation

    5.5 Bonded Labour : Development

    5.6 Bonded Labour : Conditions

    5.7 Bonded Labour : Causes

    5.8 Bonded Labour : Categories

    5.9 Bonded Labour : Struggle

    5.10 Conclusion

6. Relevance of Wesley's Theology of Universality to Caste Distinctions and Bonded Labour System

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Wesley's Response : Relevance

    6.3 Wesley's Response : Conclusion

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index of Subjects

Index of Authors

Rev. Dr. Joseph Basappa Suray received his theological degrees: B.Theo (1984), B.D (1985), M.Th (1993) from Senate of Serampore College, India. He gained a CLAIT (1996) from Manchester, a Ph.D. degree (1998) from Manchester University, U.K.

He has an experience of Christian ministry both nationally and internationally. Presently, he is teaching at The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK. Also, he is the Founder and Chairman of `Cross Roads for Human Development' Charity, both in India and UK.


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