The Theology of Pierre Johanns S. J.
This book examines the theological writings of Pierre Johanns by situating him within his historical context, by discussing how Johanns interacted with Vedantic philosophy, and by assessing the success of his project.
Chapter Six Theological evaluation of Johanns Introduction This final chapter evaluates Johanns by analyzing how successfully he carried out his defined objectives, based upon the key method- ological components which framed his project of synthesizing the Vednnta. Johanns is best assessed by taking into consideration the ideals and the standards that he set for himself and also by evaluating him within his historical context. By situating him within his scholarly and theological milieu, one can avoid an unbalanced and potentially unfair criticism based solely upon current concerns and theological emphases. While modern theologians in India have become progressivly more sensitive to issues of social and gender equality and have sought to stand against the hegemony of the priv- eledged classes, these concerns were not as prominent in the time period of Upndhyny and Johanns. For the sake of evaluating Johanns against what may be expected of him as a theologian of his generation, the analysis will concentrate upon the accuracy and the quality of the project of Johanns, rather than criticizing him for not addressing concerns that arose some time afterwards. These more modern concerns have already been documented and presented in an informed manner by other scholars.1 This chapter contains a number of separate discussions. First, the synthesis of Johanns is presented in as concise a manner as possibile, in order to provide a helpful summation of the progressive 1 See, for example, A Reader in Dalit Theology, ed. A.P. Nirmal, Madras: Gurukal, 1992; Indigenous People, Dalits: Dalit Issues...
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