The point of departure for this book was the recognition that the growing influence of Dalit theology was incompatible with the praxis of the Indian Church, which was passive in its attitude towards the oppression of the Dalits both within and outside the Church. It was recognized that the reasons for this lacuna between Dalit theology and the Church’s praxis lay with the content of Dalit theology, which does not offer adequate scope for engagement in praxis. Therefore, the synoptic healing stories were offered and explored as an alternative biblical paradigm, which could enhance the praxis-potential of Dalit theology. In drawing this book to a close this chapter attempts to combine a summary and a synthesis of the major findings which emerged in the course of this attempt to evaluate the suitability of the synoptic healing stories as a relevant biblical paradigm for Dalit theology. The following furnishes the line of thought and argumentation followed in this thesis:
The first chapter of the thesis, Answering Some Questions – The Why, What and How of Dalit Theology, interrogated the origins, objectives and approaches of Dalit theology. An important aspect of this chapter was identifying a broad praxiological framework for Dalit theology by weaving together the various theoretical and theological trajectories that have been an integral part of Dalit theological discourses in India. The following were identified as the main features of this praxiological framework:
Dalit liberation, envisaged in terms of a dialectic between identity affirmation and liberative social vision, was recognized as the objective of Dalit theology.