Dr. Joshua Kalapati

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Education
M.A., M.A.(Psy)., M.Phil., M.Th.(Edinburgh)., Ph.D


Teaching
Joined in 1985, Dr Joshua had been offering courses such as Logic, Western Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Psychology  etc.


VISIT TO WASHINGTON D.C. and other Universities in USA 

The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington D.C. had organized a 5 week seminar on the theme: Religion: Key to Understanding Violence and Promoting Peace from 18th August, 2014 till 19th September. More than 15 scholars of Philosophy and Religion from around the world participated and read papers at the Seminar. Dr. Joshua presented a paper titled: Religious Diversity in India: Issues fostering violence and Instruments promoting peace. His other memorable experiences include: Becoming a reading member of the Library of Congress, visiting the White House, Washington Memorial, Pentagon on 9/11 memorial, and to the Museums of American History, Natural History.

Dr. Kalapati also had the opportunity to visit Boston School of Theology to participate in a one day workshop and present the paper titled, Social Distinctions among Indian Christians at home and in diaspora: Some future directions on 20th September in Boston, Mass.

Harvard University is one of the most coveted places for any academician to visit. Fr Dr. Francis Clooney S.J., Director of the School of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School was kind enough to discuss issues of academic collaboration between MCC and the HDS.

Dr Joshua had spent the last four days (Sept. 22 to 26th) in USA, visiting various academic institutions in New York, including the Columbia University on 26th. Thus ended a memorable visit of 45 days to the US, which was as memorable as it was academically rewarding.

Publications

The Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity (OESAC) 

This Encyclopaedia Project is a major ecumenical reference work on the history and development of Christianity in all the SAARC countries. This history documents the Churches and their growth, the Christian educational institutions and organizations, the Christian relations with other faiths in the society, its native, local, indigenous expressions etc., Dr Roger Hedlund, a Missiologist living in India for more than thirty five year, who was until recently headed the Mylapore Institute for Indigenous Studies, Chennai, initiated this Project, and involved more than twenty five well known International Consultants, and over thirty scholars and Church leaders drawn from all major denominations on the Advisory Board. This 850 page Encyclopaedia (2 vols.), for which more than 450 writers contributed articles, was published by the Oxford University Press, New Delhi in January, 2012.

Dr. Joshua kalapati is one of the two Associate Editors of this prestigious Project. Besides rendering editorial assistance for a decade, he had contributed the following 17 articles.

Articles in the Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity (ed.) Roger E. Hedlund, 2012

  • 2012 “ John Anderson” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, p.19
  • 2012 “ Archival Resources at Madras Christian College” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, p.30
  • 2012 “ Buddhism” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, p.110-112
  • 2012 “ Conscience” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, p.199
  • 2012 “ Chandran Devanesen” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, p.221-22
  • 2012 “ Alfred G. Hogg” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, p.317
  • 2012 “ Jainism” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, pp.347-348
  • 2012 “Rajkumari Amrit Kaur”, Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 1, pp.369-70
  • 2012 “ Madras Christian College” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, p.412
  • 2012 “John Mathai” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, p.437
  • 2012 “ William Miller” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol. 2, pp.449-450
  • 2012 “Jawaharlal Nehru” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, pp.478-79
  • 2012 “Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, pp.578-79
  • 2012 “Reincarnation and Karma” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, pp.587-88
  • 2012 “ Amartya Sen” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, pp. 618-19
  • 2012 “Tambaram International Missionary Council Meeting, 1938” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, pp. 674-75
  • 2012 “Universalism” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity, vol.2, pp.711-12

Books

  • 2016 Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: An Appraisal of the Missionary Legacy in India, Co-edited with Professor Daniel Jeyaraj and Dr. Gabriel Merigala.
  • 2015 Rev. August Mylius: A Biography, Translation of a booklet from the Original German to English, along with Mr. C. Livingstone, Assistant Professor of German, MCC
  • 2015 An Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies in Colleges, Co-edited with Rev. Dr. M.M. Ross and Rev. Dr. C.S. E. Ross
  • 2010 Life and Legacy of Madras Christian College (1837-1978), October, 2010, along with Dr Ambrose Jeyasekaran.
  • 2002 S. Radhakrishnan and Christianity: An Introduction to Hindu-Christian Apologetics, Delhi: ISPCK.
  • 2001 Jointly edited the book, Current issues in Bioethics and Environment, Department of Philosophy, Madras Christian College.
  • 1996 Jointly edited the booklet, Women Student Attitude Towards Religion, Marriage and Society, Department of Philosophy, Madras Christian College.

Articles 

International Journals/Books

  • 2016 “Non-Violence” in South Asia Bible Commentary published by the Langham Partnership Regional Council of South Asia, U.K.
  • 2010 “Opportunities and Challenges for Christian Mission in India today”, (abridged), in Kirsteen Kim & Andrew Anderson (ed.) Edinburgh 2010: Mission Today and Tomorrow, Regnum Edinburgh 2010 Series, 2010, pp.188-189.
  • 2007 "New Age", in John Corrie (ed.) Dictionary of Mission Theology, England, IVF publications.
  • 2002  "S.Radhakrishnan, A.G.Hogg and Hindu-Christian Apologetics", in William Sweet (ed.) Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Traditions, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, New Scotland, Canada, vol.I.
  • 1998 "The Early Educational Mission of the Scottish Missionaries in Madras Presidency: Its Social Implications" in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Vol.16, No.2, Autumn 1998, pp.140-155.

Other Publications

  •  2016 “The Scottish Educational Missionary Legacy in India: An Appraisal” in Joshua Kalapati et al (ed.) Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: An Appraisal of Missionary Legacy in India, MIIS/ICSA publicaiton
  • 2015 “ Shrines and Pilgrimages: Some Philosophical and Christian Perspectives”, in Fr. Dr. Lawrence (ed.) Shrines and Pilgrimages: Philosophy and Practice, Satyanilayam Research Institute for Philosophy
  • 2015 “Nature and Scope of Peace Studies” , co-authored with D. Sam Pravin Kumar, in Joshua Kalapati et al (ed.) An Introduction to Peace an Conflict Studies in Colleges
  • 2015 “Clash of Civilizations or a Dialogue among Civilizations”, in Joshua Kalapati et al (ed.) An Introduction to Peace an Conflict Studies in Colleges
  • 2015 “Mahatma Gandhi’s Ideas on Peace, Non-Violence and Harmonious Living”, in Joshua Kalapati et al (ed.) An Introduction to Peace an Conflict Studies in Colleges
  • 2015 “Personality Development: Peace and Conflict Resolution” in Joshua Kalapati et al (ed.) An Introduction to Peace an Conflict Studies in Colleges
  • 2013 "Tambaram 1938: Retrospect and Prospect" in the Commemorative Souvenir released at the Tambaram IMC : 75 year celebrations.held in December, 2013 
  • 2013 “Markata Nyaya, Marjala Nyaya or Garuda Nyaya?”, published in “COGITO”, the Philosophy Department Magazine, July 2013
  • 2013 “ Swami Vivekananda’s Imitation of Christ: A Critical Appreciation”, ENGAGE, RZIM publication, Vol.10, Issue, 2, April-June, 2013
  • 2012 “ Corruption is a Moral-Spiritual issue than a Politico-Legal one”, Centre for Gandhian Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, September, 2012
  • 2011 “Development as Liberation: Tribute to Dr K.Rajaratnam”, CReNIEO publication, 2011
  • 2010 “Deconstructing Gandhian Christianity” in Social Philosophy of Gandhi, SV University, January, 2010
  • 2010 “Edinburgh to Tambaram: A Paradigm Shift in Missions or the Horizons of Mission broadened?” in Dharma Deepika, Chennai, January, 2010
  • 2009 “Liberation Theology and Its Implications for Humanism in India”, in Religion and Humanitarianism, National College, Tiruchirapalli
  • 2009 “In search of a Global Ethic: Hans Kung’s Reflections” published in Social Philosophy for the Realization of Globalization, ICSP and Dravidian University, November, 2009
  • 2009 "Globalization and Higher Education in India", in Madras Christian College Magazine, vol. LXXIV, 2008
  • 2008 “Celebrating milestones in our 170 years of history”, in Madras Christian College Magazine, Vol.LXXIII, 2005-2006& 2007, pp.84-85
  • 2008  "Mahatma Gandhi and his experiments with the Gospel", in the Journal ENGAGE, RZIM publication, Chennai, 2008
  • 2006 Cognitive Science and Its Relevance for Philosophy in Dr K.Rajani (ed.) Contemporary Applications of Philosophy, Andhra University, Waltair, 2006
  • 2006 “Postmodernism: A Foundationalist Critique”, in Madras Christian College Magazine, Vol.LXXI, 2004-2005, pp.50-58
  • 2006 “Globalization and Postmodernity: Some Critical Reflections” in B.P.Siddhashrama (ed.) Global Spiritualism, ICSP, Dharwad, 2006 pp.30-38
  • 2005 “Evangelical Inclusivism as a Christian Response to Religious Pluralism: Some Basic Debates” in Daniel Jeyaraj (ed.) Dharma Deepika -- A South Asia Missiological Journal, Chennai, July-December 2005 vol.9, No.2, (issue 18), pp.81-96
  • 2005 “Impressions of a Pre-modern Indian Evangelical in a Postmodern Group: Reflections on the LCWE forum, Pattaya, Thailand”, in Daniel Jeyaraj (ed.) Dharma Deepika -- A South Asia Missiological   Journal, Chennai, July-December 2005 vol.9, No.2, (issue 18), pp.135-136
  • 2005  “Gurukul Daily Devotion-2005, April 24-April 30”, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute Publication, Chennai, 2005
  • 2005  “New Genetics—Genethics Interface: Some Ethical, Legal and Social issues” in Anand Amaladass (ed.) Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, No.7, Chennai, February, 2005, pp.60-71
  • 2004  “Education as Praeparatio Evangelica : The life and thought of William Miller” in Madras Christian College Magazine,  2003-4
  • 2003  “Madras Christian College as a Missiological resource centre” in Daniel Jeyaraj (ed.) Dharma Deepika -- A South Asia Missiological Journal, Chennai, July-December 2003 vol.7, No.2, (issue 18), pp.77-82 
  • 2003 “Minorities, Reservation and Social Justice” in K.M.Chetty and B.P.Siddhashrama (ed.), Problems and Perspectives in Social Philosophy, International Congress of Social Philosophy, Volume 3, June, 2003 
  • 2002 "The Emerging New Social Order: Looking Beyond Schweitzer-Radhakrishnan Debate", in K.M.Chetty and B.P.Siddhashrama (ed.), Problems and Perspectives in Social Philosophy, International  Congress of Social Philosophy, Feb.2002 
  • 2001 "Artificial Intelligence: Some Natural Questions" in Madras Christian College Magazine, 2000-2001 
  • 2000 "Nature as ‘The Blind Watch Maker’: Is there enough room for morality in Evolutionary Biology?" in Francis P.Xavier et al (ed.) Environment and Bioethics, LIFE, Loyola College Publications, March 2000, pp.212-218. 
  • 2000 "Brain Asymmetry: Some Philosophico-ethical implications" in M. Gabriel et al.(ed.) Current Issues in Bioethics and Environment, Department of Philosophy, Madras Christian College, Tambaram, 2000 
  • 2000 "Gender Bias in Indian Population : Some Philosophico-ethical and Socio-    economic perspectives" in M. Gabriel (ed.) Current Issues in Bioethics and     Environment, Department of Philosophy, Madras Christian College, Tambaram, 2000
  • 1999 ”Post-Modernism: Some Reflections" in Madras Christian College Magazine (1998-99), pp.25-27.
  • 1999 "Roles and Role Models: Some Psychological Perspectives" in Dr.M.Gabriel (ed.) Women Role Models in Indian Society, Chennai, 1999.
  • 1998 "A Philosophical Critique of Reductionism and a plea for a Holistic Ethic" in Jayapaul Azariah et al (ed.) Bioethics in India, Eubios Ethics Institute, 1998, pp.247-249. 
  • 1998 "Male Female differences in Jungian Perspective" in C.Livingstone (ed.) Male Female Relationship, Bharati Mandram, Madras Christian College,1998, pp.16-19.
  • 1997 "Descartes on the Existence of God" in Anand Amaladass (ed.) Rene Descartes (1596-1650): A Commemorative Volume on his 400th Birth Anniversary, Satya Nilayam Publications, Chennai, 1997, pp.40-50.
  • 1997 Telugu Translation of the Devotion for March 16 - April 26, 1997 of the International Bible Reading Association (IBRA), a publication done by the Fellowship of Professional Workers, Secunderabad, A.P., pp.99-145.
  • 1996 "To be or not to be" (Pascal's Wager argument) in Madras Christian College Magazine, 1995-1996, p.73.
  • 1996 "Human Brain: Leftist or Rightist?" in The Hindu, 23, June 1996.
  • 1995 "Are monkeys our Forefathers"? in The Hindu, 15, April 1995.
  • 1992 "Dr.S.Radhakrishnan and his Alma Mater" in Madras Christian College Magazine, 1992, pp.6-8.

Lectures / Presentations

Dr. Joshua's paper presentations in prestigious overseas institutions include : Fuller Seminary, California (2003), Lausanne Congress, Pattaya, Thailand (2004) and Oxford and Cambridge Universities (2005); Hermannsburg Evangelical Mission Society, Germany, (2009),  World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh (2010), and Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (2014).


Current Research Projects

“Director, Centre for Peace Studies, United Board Project since 2012”


Contact

jkalapati@gmail.com

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