DEMOCRACY AND THEOLOGY: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON APPROPRIATION

  • Bilju Vazhappilly Marymatha Major Seminary, Trichur
Keywords: Cultural Discernment, Deification, Democracy, Eco-theology, Entertainment Theology, Political Theology, Practical Theology, Public Theology, Second Vatican Council, Sensus Fidelium

Abstract

To what extent have the Christian thinkers of this age made the proper appropriation of democratic components—voting rule or will of the majority in decision making, individual liberty, freedom of speech/press, equality, rule of law, equal rights, the ignoring of hereditary class distinctions, tolerance of minority views and participatory or collaborative nature of governing—in different theological fields and in Church teachings? This is the main focus of this article. In this regard, this article makes a critical evaluation on those earlier contributions in assimilating the democratic components in theological fields, etc. It also points out the possible challenges in appropriating democracy in theological endeavours today. In addition, this article unveils the original meaning of the term democracy which will accelerate the attempt to make possible ways of appropriating the democratic prepositions (of, by and for) in theological conversations and actions. Such a theology then would be a profound theology that initiates us toward a democracy ordered in a way that accords with God’s law and purposes. Besides, the typical nature of such theology would be purely based on the contextual, celebrational and ethical life of the Faithful.

Author Biography

Bilju Vazhappilly, Marymatha Major Seminary, Trichur

Rev. Dr Bilju Vazhappilly is a Syro-Malabar Catholic priest belonging to the Archdiocese of Trichur, Kerala. He obtained degrees of Master of Religious Studies and Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion, STL, STD and PhD in Theology from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. At present he is the Dean of Department of Theology at the Marymatha Major Seminary, Trichur, Kerala. He is the Associate Editor of Encounter: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Reflections of Faith and Life as well as the Secretary of MEPC (Marymatha Encounters of Pastoral Challenges) Symposium. He is the author of two books entitled Loving Antiphon of a Pastor Bonus: Venerable Augustine John Ukken’s Practical Guide to the Pastors of Today (2019) and Liturgy in the Day-Today Life: An Introduction (Malayalam 2020). He has published several articles in national and international journals.

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Published
2020-12-01
How to Cite
Vazhappilly, B. (2020). DEMOCRACY AND THEOLOGY: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON APPROPRIATION. Asian Horizons, 14(4), 941-958. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/3628