Uang dan Keterasingan


  • Nelman Asrianus Weny Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Gereja Methodist Indonesia (GMI)



money, anonymous force, idolatry, alienation, theology of money


Money is, in of itself, an anonymous and neutral force. However, throughgoing capitalization in all dimensions of life has brought humankind to regard the making of money as its sole objective to be achieved by any means necessary. At the same time, the misuse of money breeds alienation. The expression, “Whosoever has the money, has the power,” only exacerbates alienation. As a social reality, alienation presents a confessional challenge to the church, including churches in Indonesia. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, with particular emphasis upon philosophical and theological studies, I argue that the church bears ethical-moral responsibility for overcoming this challenge. The solution that I offer amounts to a “new language” for money within the framework of a “theology of money”: To meet its ministry obligations, the church needs money, yet the church must also combat the idolization of it. To wit, churches must dare to prove that each, whether as individual or institution, is truly free from all forms of monetary idolatry.


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Author Biography

Nelman Asrianus Weny, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Gereja Methodist Indonesia (GMI)

Nelman Asrianus Weny (born in 1964) is an ordained pastor at Gereja Masehi Injili di Timor (GMIT). He received his bachelor's degree in Theology from Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana, Fakultas Theologi, Kupang, writing a thesis on Tissa Balasuria, a Sri Lankan theologian,  in 1991, and master's degree (2009) from Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Jakarta. With a full scholarship from GKI Pondok Indah, Jakarta, he pursued a doctoral degree and finished his study (cum laude) in 2015 at STT Jakarta with a dissertation entitled “Eschatologia Doloris: Sebuah Rekonstruksi Eskatologi Kristen berdasarkan Teologi Jürgen Moltmann, Mite Koreri, dan Filsafat Richard Kearney.” His main research interests are systematic theology/constructive-contextual theology and philosophy. After became a lecturer at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Fakultas Teologi, Salatiga, from 2015 to 1017, he is appointed as a faculty member at Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Gereja Methodist Indonesia di Bandar Baru, Sumatera Utara, since January 2018.


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How to Cite

Weny, N. A. (2018). Uang dan Keterasingan. Indonesian Journal of Theology, 6(2), 204-226.