Overview for In Search of Praxis Theology for the Nagas
Throughout the ages theological formulation arose in the context of cultural and historical realities. We have come across in the history of the church that theologians of different periods have interpreted the revelation of God in the context of their historical realities. Living theology is always contextual and it must address the various issues of human society of the given context in the right perspective and relevantly. There are times when the message of the church becomes ineffective and non-prophetic as a result of theological distortions. Nevertheless, the sharp cutting edge or corrective theology is always present at the frontiers. Theology in the real sense must liberate people from all kinds of sin, social evils, exploitation, oppression, corruptions and other dehumanising forces or structure. The western or the European theology cannot be considered as the theology of the â€˜universal churchâ€™. The liberation theology of Latin America is a great challenge to the conscience of all Christians. The Latin American theologians have articulated their theology from the perspective of the suffering and oppressed people. It is one of the best weapons to address the contemporary oppressive society. Today, the great challenge before the Naga churches is to develop a praxis theology to actively participate in the suffering struggle of the people. Politically, the Naga people have been undergoing through untold sufferings and human right violation due to their struggle for political independence for the last more than fifty years. Economically, the Naga society has been plagued with all kinds of corruptions and injustices, and exploitation, leading to class conflict between the â€˜havesâ€™ and â€˜have-notsâ€™. However, Naga churches have not been able to formulate its theological stance to address this complex situation. The church cannot be neutral. It must clearly demarcate between what is true and what is false. This book is a call to the Naga churches, particularly the Naga theologians to formulate a theology, which can save and liberate the people from political oppression, economic exploitation and religious apostasy. This volume has been compiled after consulting various Naga church leaders and theological people to streamline some of the Naga theological outlook. It is in no way a systematic theological book, but a collection of theological articles presented in different theological seminars/conferences by Naga theologians/scholars. Naga theology is still in cradle and still long way to go to find its rightful place.
V.K. Nuh (Compiler)
A true ambassador for Christ, Rev. V.K. Nuh is presently General Secretary of the Council off Naga Baptist Churches in Nagaland. From humble beginning as an evangelist, he later became a Chaplain in the Naga Army, and in spite of being jailed as a political prisoner in Imphal Central Jail, his enthusiasm never waned. Serving as Headmaster in a Bible School he went on to become a Pastor of the Baptist Church. He served as Field Director of the Chakhesang Baptist Church Council from 1971 to 1992 where he was conferred with the honorary title of â€˜Executive Secretary Emeritusâ€™, Subsequently he was also warded with the â€˜Honorary Doctor of Divinityâ€™ at Gurukul theological Seminary, Madras. A vital spokesman of the Naga society, which is characterized by much traumatics socio-political upheaval, Rev. Dr. Nuhâ€™s accomplishments are many. With the genuine love for his motherland and his visioin he still leaves no stone unturned to further the cause of the people. Rev. Dr. Nuh has authored several books, some of which are: Nagaland Church and Politics; My Country My People; Crusade on Naga Morality; Theological Reflection on Naga Society; Revive us again; Struggle for Identity in North-East India and My Native Country â€“ The Land of the Nagas.