Original Research

From the ‘naked Spirit’ to a Nusantara contextual theology formula

Christar A. Rumbay, Munatar Kause, Vera H. Siahaan, Marianus Patora, Fereddy Siagian
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 1 | a8212 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i1.8212 | © 2023 Christar A. Rumbay, Munatar Kause, Vera H. Siahaan, Marianus Patora, Fereddy Siagian | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 October 2022 | Published: 07 March 2023

About the author(s)

Christar A. Rumbay, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Pelita Bangsa, Jakarta, Indonesia; and, Department of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, Theological University Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, Indonesia
Munatar Kause, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Kristen Teruna Bhakti, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Vera H. Siahaan, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Kristen Teruna Bhakti, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Marianus Patora, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Kristen Teruna Bhakti, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Fereddy Siagian, Department of Nautika, Faculty of Nautika, Akademi Maritim Cirebon, Cirebon, Indonesia

Abstract

Many contextual theology models have been shared, but no formula applies to all contexts, because each culture has specific and unique features. Indonesia shares a complex context and requires a proper approach for precise landing. This study aimed to formulate a contextual theology model on the Spirit suitable for Indonesians. It moves from the ‘naked Spirit’, a term provided by Vincent Donovan, originally ‘naked gospel’, highlighting the essence of the scripture or Spirit itself, to the Nusantara contextual formula. The Nusantara model is a promising formula that could contribute inputs to the tension. The local contextual model is a bright sketch that could help Indonesians to engage with pneumatology in the church traditions. This study analysed and described articles, journals and other related sources with a sensitive approach. Additionally, it proposed argumentations and provided a prospective contextual theology model for the Spirit. The findings showed that the Nusantara formula is a significant model for the Spirit to engage in an Indonesian context.

Contribution: Through the examination of contextual theology model globally, and especially speaking of the ‘naked Spirit’ insight, the study provided an alternative contribution to the contextual theology model. The result showed that the Nusantara contextual theology formula offers an alternative contribution to an Indonesian context.


Keywords

contextual; culture; naked spirit; Nusantara; Indonesian.

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