Menampakkan Corak Biru Kekristenan Indonesia

Sebuah Perspektif Ekoteologi


  • Elia Maggang Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, UK



sea, Indonesia, blue hues [corak biru] of Christianity, blue ecotheology [ekoteologi biru], blue anthropocentrism [antroposentrisme biru], community of creation as paradigm


This paper seeks to interpret that which is blue of Indonesia—the largest archipelagic nation in the world—by way of proffering for Indonesian Christianity a range of blue hues (corak biru) following an ecotheological perspective. I start by discussing ecotheology and its contribution within Christianity to illustrate how this sub-discipline becomes a “brush” that for Christianity can render such blue hues. This is followed by a discussion on why and how a responsive ecotheology to the environmental/marine ecosystem crisis could render as “blue paint” for that subdisciplinary brush—a blue ecotheology (ekoteologi biru). To accomplish this, both Christianity’s abject appraisal of the sea, as well as Christianity’s own blue-hued anthropocentrism (corak biru antroposentrisme), are parsed and addressed in turn by the paradigm of a community of creation as “sketch.” These discussions summarily affirm the conviction that the sea must be considered and treated not as an object of human exploitation but as a proper subject working to support the life that is common among all of God’s animate creation. Humankind and the sea itself, alike, participate in that life. The spectrum of blueness I propose to be displayed across the “canvas” of Indonesian Christianity is this: to be sea-friendly in both outlook and attitude, in ways that safeguard the sea’s ongoing involvement in life. To conclude, this paper invites Indonesian Christianity to put the full array of its blue hues on display within both theological discourse and its activities as the church.


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Author Biography

Elia Maggang, Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, UK

Elia Maggang adalah anggota Gereja Masehi Injili di Timor. Ia meraih gelar Sarjana Teologi dari Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana, Kupang pada tahun 2010, dan Master of Theological Studies dari Flinders University, South Australia pada tahun 2017. Saat ini, Elia sedang menempuh studi doktoralnya di University of Manchester, UK, dengan melakukan riset untuk mengkonstruksi sebuah Teologi Maritim Indonesia.


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How to Cite

Maggang, E. (2019). Menampakkan Corak Biru Kekristenan Indonesia: Sebuah Perspektif Ekoteologi. Indonesian Journal of Theology, 7(2), 162-188.