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An Indian Christian Prophet: Duraiswami Simon Amalorpavadass (1932-1990)
An Indian Christian Prophet: Duraiswami Simon Amalorpavadass (1932-1990)

Author(s): Paul B. Steffen
Subject(s): Theology and Religion
Published by: Verbinum
Keywords: interreligious dialogue; Duraiswami Simon Amalorpavadass; inclusivism; inculturation; Catholic Church in India

Summary/Abstract: Fr. Duraiswami Simon Amalorpavadass (1932-1990) was one of the most important Indian theologians of the twentieth century. He became involved in the renewal of the Catholic Church in India in accordance with the vision and spirit of Vatican II. In 1967, he founded the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC) in Bangalore, and then headed it until 1980. The way he shaped them showed his spiritual imagination, commitment and tireless dedication. In the years 1967-1982 he was the editor of the magazine “Word and Worship”, published by NBCLC. In 1981, at the initiative of Fr. Amalorpavadass at the State University of Mysuru the Department of Christianity was established. He developed an authentic Indian and Christian spirituality, liturgy and theology of evangelization and inculturation. In catechesis he advocated a newly developed anthropological method. In turn, interreligious dialogue, in which he presented the inclusivist position, gained with his help an Indian figure: all religions have a special role in the history of salvation, but this does not diminish the special contribution of the salvific mission of Jesus Christ.

  • Issue Year: 143/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 209-225
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English