Ecumenism as Unity for Struggle
The pluralistic context of India is characterized by diverse ethnic, linguistic, and cultural identities, multireligious traditions, political ideologies, and secular movements. Many consider that plurality, the very nature of Indian reality, is a divine gift and recognize the validity of varied human experiences, belief systems, and cultural practices. At the same time, it is an undeniable fact that the Indian pluralistic setting is religiously sensitive, and that religion plays a very significant role in all aspects of community life. But it is pitiable that often the people of pluralistic heritage are mobilized on the basis of caste, language, religion, and ethnicity. Indeed, this mobilization promotes the vested interests of communal identity rather than the well-being of entire society.
KeywordsFaith Community Communal Identity Political Struggle Pluralistic Society Christian Theology
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