Following Jesus the Clown

ArticleinTheology today (Princeton, N.J.) 69(4):418-427 · January 2013with100 Reads
DOI: 10.1177/0040573612463027
Based on the author’s autobiography of hyphenated identities, the article attempts to compare cross-culturally two clown figures: the Javanese Semar and the Christian Jesus. Both figures demonstrate that a clown must live in their total otherness, perform both social critique and solidarity, and take the risk to be a victim and healer. Finally, the church must become a community of clowns in order to be faithful to Jesus the Clown.

Do you want to read the rest of this article?

June 2016 · Political Theology
    The idea of memoria passionis promoted by Johann Baptist Metz provides a strong basis for correlating the Christian creed of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our political engagement in atrocious situations. However, Metz's idea of memory and remembering is not sufficient as we attempt to construct a just and peaceful society based on the Christian notion of forgiveness. This... [Show full abstract]
    April 2016
      Alasdair MacIntyre and Martha C. Nussbaum are two prominent contemporary moral philosophers who attempt to rehabilitate Aristotle’s conception of virtues. Although both agree that virtue ethics can be considered as a strong alternative to our search for commonalities in a pluralistic society such as Indonesia, each chooses a very different path. While MacIntyre interprets Aristotle from his... [Show full abstract]
      May 2014 · Exchange
        The article criticizes some shortcomings of Asian contextual and liberation theologies that methodologically employ ‘hermeneutical circle’. The method focuses on experience as the starting point of doing theology. Despite its powerful insights that enable theologians to engage with concrete human and social problems, the method can easily preserve a theologian’s blind spot that hinders her/him... [Show full abstract]
          Abstract This comment demonstrates the changes of attitude among liberation theologians toward human rights language, from avoidance, through critical confrontation, to appropriation. The reluctance appears as a natural consequence of the idea of partiality and preferentiality held by liberationists, which has always been critical of any claim of universality such as human right. The comment... [Show full abstract]
          Discover more