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Towards a practical Dalit Theology: a study on the status and relevance of Dalit theology among grass roots Dalit Christians in their struggle against caste oppression

John Packianathan, Vincent Manoharan (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This study seeks to develop a more practical and praxis-driven approach to Dalit Theology and its engagement with grassroots Dalit Christians. Dalit Theology is contextual and liberative. It emerged as a counter to Indian Christian theology, which ignored the caste affected life experience of Dalits, who form the majority in the Indian church. It aims to go beyond the merely spiritual in seeking to empower Dalit people and transform society.
However, the well reflected and articulated liberational theological themes of Dalit Theology seem to remain mostly within academia and the ecclesia. They have not adequately engaged with grass roots Dalit Christians who face severe discrimination and constant struggle against caste oppression. Therefore, this study is an attempt to analyse the status and potentials of Dalit Theology among grass roots Dalit Christians as a motivational force and to offer a methodological framework to enlarge Dalit Theology as a Practical theology of liberation.
The construction of Dalit Theology as a Practical theology of praxis among the grass roots hopes to facilitate the process of bringing about change in their personal life and the formation of a transformed society for both Dalits and non-Dalits to lead a caste-free life.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Reddie, Anthony G. and Hood, A
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Theology
Subjects:BL Religion
BX Christian Denominations
DS Asia
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3348
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