Palapathwala, Ruwan

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  • Publication
    Re-envisioning Conflict, Dialogue, and Transformation: The Imperative for a New Methodological Paradigm
    2011 Wicking, Andrew P. ; Palapathwala, Ruwan ; Anceschi, Luca ; Camilleri, Joseph A ; Wicking, Andrew P ; Palapathwala, Ruwan
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    Mahathma Ghandis Concept of Ahimsa (non-violence): A Case for Close Links of Intertextuality
    2007 Palapathwala, Ruwan
    This chapter argues that Ghandi's concept of Ahimsa - non-violence - is a clear illustration of the close intertextual links between different scriptural texts.
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    The Ethic of Interfaith Dialogue: The Imperative for Theological Reflection and the Missional Vacation of the Indigenous Theologian of South and South East Asia
    (Sri Lanka Journal of Theological Reflection; 4 (4) ) 2006 Palapathwala, Ruwan
    The author's premise is that interfaith dialogue is an historical necessity and therefore an important dimension of indigenous theological reflection. Without the ethic of interfaith dialogue the church's mission in South an South-East Asia is subjugated by its inherited conlonial framework of mission and the present homogenising global force - globalisation - which promulgates the ideals of Christendom in the forms of capitalism and neocolonialism. Hence the ethic of interfaith dialogue in theological reflection is an imperative for the theologian in the South and Southeast Asian contexts to fulfill his/her missional vocation as a theologian. In this vocation the function of theological reflection is not a matter of a cerebral process of intellectual examination, but a way of being - living and acting - with a profound understanding of God's mission in the world.
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    Soteriology and its Imperative for a Dynamic Global Ethic
    (Journal of Globalization for the Common Good ) 2006 Palapathwala, Ruwan
    The cultural milieu that we witness today has emerged from antifoundationalist "movements" such as postmodernism, poststructuralism and postcolonialism. It is also an important stage in the intellectual history of the Western civilization during which it has come to appraise its turbulent experiences – the devastation both in the 20th century as a whole and in the present – to accommodate itself to a future that is being both occasioned and promulgated by advances in technology. To that extent, the prefix "post" in the terms that describe the mood of the present does not indicate a complete break from the past, but rather hints that we are in a process of ongoing transformation and change.
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    Suffering: A Dialogical Imperative for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
    (Nanak Parkash - A Journal of Sikh Studies ) 2006 Palapathwala, Ruwan
    This article argues that a more useful understanding of human suffering can be found if we consider Buddhist and Christian perspectives in tandem. Both religious traditions offer complementary visions of the nature of the self, with each serving as a corrective to the other. But, both encourage in different ways a flight from the enslaving self, wihch is where the root of suffering lies.
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    Ageing and death: A Buddhist Christian Conceptual Framework for Spirituality in Later Life
    2006 Palapathwala, Ruwan ; Mackinlay, Elizabeth
    With reference to the Buddhist idea of anatta, and the Christian concept of pneuma, this chapter outlines a framework for meaningful spirituality in later life. It critically examines the importance of consumerist constructs on human life, which propogate a denial of death and ageing. This essay argues that the Buddhist and Christian notions are complementary, and can help frame a more meaningful understanding of self and spirituality in later life.
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    Bodhi Karuna and Metta - Buddhist Perspectives for a Theology of Pastoral Care for the Ageing and Persons with Disabilities.
    2008 Palapathwala, Ruwan
    This chapter explores Buddhist concepts as a way of providing new theologies for appropriate pastoral care of ageing and disabled persons.
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    The Relevance of Paul Tillich's Theology for Mission Studies in the Context of Religious Pluralism.
    (Australian Journal of Mission Studies; 1 (2) ) 2007 Palapathwala, Ruwan
    This article argues that, in the face of religious pluralism, Paul Tillich's re-consideration of systematic theology, especially its Christological foundations, presents some major challenges for mission studies in the 21st Century.