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Dirk Griffioen, Utrecht Mission, Utrecht
THE RELEVANCE OF GOD'S COVENANT FOR A REFORMED THEOLOGY OF RELIGION
ABSTRACT: In God's Revelation, the structure of the covenant consists of God's promises and Israel’s answer to them. In the covenant God has revealed Himself personally to both individuals and his chosen people. In the theology of religion developed by Hendrik Kraemer, there are two types of religion: The (prophetic) religion based on God’s revelation and the other (naturalist) religions are based on efforts to grasp the identity of his real self with divine reality, this is called as ‘trans-empirical self realization’. What is the essence of religion based on God's self revelation? God's revelation is the only source of all knowledge about true spirituality and the salvation in Christ. The Bible as the witness of God's revelation to prophets and apostles is the criterion of all religious truth. The Bible relates the history of redemption, gives a foundation to personal faith, and is the only guidebook to the life and work of the Christian community. From this starting point I try to analyze the Biblical concept of religious truth as the standard for determining religions, and to give a real answer to God’s self revelation. KEYWORDS: covenant, revelation, faith, religion.
Togardo Siburian, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Bandung
MENUJU KESETARAAN DALAM BERAGAMA YANG BERBUDAYA: REFLEKSI SEMINARIAN INJILI
ABSTRACT: This article discusses a variety of modern man who is more civilized from the Evangelical perspective. Nowadays, the relations between different religious people is still filled with religious violence and conflicts. This happens because of extreme radicalism views wich perhaps are caused by the leftovers of our religious studies and practices in the past. There was a misunderstanding in processing religion wich could destroy the future of human civilization due to the absence of a culture of togetherness. The Evangelical Christianity may participate to think few principles of religious life wich are better for present humanity. The recommended principles are: 1) the importance of natural religious comparison in the normal society, 2) returning to the principle of missional church, 3) prioritizing the ethical emphasis more than the apologetical, 4) the balance between faith commitment and religious tolerance, 5) prophetic leadership rather than priesthood only, 6) faith particularism than religious exclusivism in inter-religious approach, 7) personal spirituality rather than individual religiosity. Thereby it is hoped that religious people may live together easier within the context of national unity and world peace. KEYWORDS: religious, conflict, collective civilization, normal comparison, ethical, prophetic, missional, particular.
Syaiful Arif, Peneliti Perhimpunan Pendidikan Demokrasi (P2D)
ISLAM, RADIKALISME DAN DERADIKALISASI BERBASIS PANCASILA
ABSTRACT: Religious radicalism (Islam) developed the theological thought to counter-Pancasila and the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), it can be fought and softened with Pancasila itself. This is due to the fact that the cause of such radicalism is a misunderstanding to the Pancasila and its political system. Pancasila is regarded as a secular political ideology, whereas it actually cared pattern for the relationship between religion and state that upholds the values of divinity on the one side, and the public virtue on the other side. Deradizalisation of religion based on Pancasila can be applied with two strategies. First, proving the existence of religious dimension of Pancasila and Republic of Indonesia to undermine the secular claims from the radical groups. Second, learning the nature of politics which contained in Pancasila. These nature of politics are more in line with the political ideals of Islam, rather than the ideology of Islamism which tends to the violent. KEYWORDS: Islam, radicalism, deradicalization, Pancasila.
Edy Syahputra Sihombing, Mahasiswa Magister Unika Parahyangan, Bandung, Indonesia
MENGHIDUPI KESEJATIAN AGAMA: TAWARAN YANG MENGGUGAT EKSISTENSI AGAMA
SEBAGAI USAHA PARTISIPATIF DALAM PEMBANGUNAN INDONESIA
ABSTRACK: Since human culture exist, religion is also exist in it’s variety. Religion has became the mode existence of human being. Basically the religion is the place to which gives space for humans to communicated, meet with the ultimate reality. In the development of human culture, religion is experiencing by a growing change in form and contents. Earlier, religion is a relationship between human and the ultimate reality, that overtime turned into an institutions that has systematically conceptualised doctrine in the form of dogmatic. The purpose of religion also shifted from efforts to more close eith the ultimate reality became human attempt to increase followers. Religion seem more concerned with quantity than quality. The shifts is likely to lead a conflict and violence to many people. This became a responsibility for Indonesian’s religions. This paper want to explain the truth of religion supposed and looking the positive influence of Indonesian’s religions in an influence of Indonesian’s religions in an attempt to build Indonesian become to nation that able to thrive religioan pluralism. KEYWORD: Religion, Paradigm, Ideology, Religious violence, Religious repentance, Indonesian development.
Lina Gunawan, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Reformed Injili Internasional (STTRII) Jakarta, Indonesia
KESETARAAN DAN PERBEDAAN LAKI-LAKI DAN PEREMPUAN:
KRITIK TERHADAP GERAKAN FEMINISME
ABSTRACT: This article with a title: The Equality and Distinction Between Man and Woman: A Critique to the Feminist Movement", will firstly discuss about the feminist movement comprehensively and afterward itu will discuss about the feminist movement within Christianity, gender-equality issues, as well as the distinction between man and woman from the view of Christian feminism. After these, it will be discussed gender-equality issues and the distinction between man and woman from the perspective of Reformed theology. Then a critique to the feminist movement within Christianity will be discussed. The finding of this article is that the feminist movement within Christianity has indeed grown a better appreciation for the woman, especially in the equality between man and woman wich is a reality. The consequence is the authority of the Bible is accused by this Christian feminist movement. KEYWORDS: feminism, Christian feminism, equality, distinction, Reformed theology.