Dr. Wilson Paluri, D.Th.

Professor of Hindu Studies 
Indology Specialist
International Experience: Germany, India

 

 

Education

  • Doctor of Theology (D.Th.), Specialization: Hinduism (Indian Philosophy), NIIPGTS, Serampore University, India
  • Master of Theology (M.Th.), Specialization: Religions (Hinduism), NIIPGTS, Serampore University, India
  • Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.), Union Biblical Seminary, Serampore University, India
  • Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.), Specialization: Chemistry, Wadia College, Pune University, India
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Rāmānuja’s Contribution to a Liberative Social Philosophy and its Contemporary Relevance

Master of Theology Thesis

  • A Study of the Concept of Agni in Select Sruti Texts and its Relevance to Christian Theology in India

Bachelor of Divinity Thesis

  • The Christian-Muslim Inter-Religious Dialogue as a Means of Witness to the Respective Communities in India

 

Academic Experiences

  • Assistant Professor, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune (India)
  • Lecturer, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune (India)
  • Short-term Internship, Missionsakademie, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • Lecturer, New Theological College, Dehradun (India)
  • Lecturer, Calcutta Bible College, Kolkata (India)

 

Teaching Specializations

  • Hinduism and Indian Philosophy
  • Histories and Cultures of India
  • Indian Social Philosophy

 

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Vicar, Old Mission Church, Kolkata (India)
  • Coordinator of Publications, New Theological College, Dehradun (India)
  • Production Supervisor, Bajaj Tempo Ltd., Pune (India)
  • Youth Director, Gethsemane Fellowship, Pune (India)

 

Publications

  • Wilson Paluri (ed.) and et.al, Christian Engagement in Social Change: The Role of Theological Education, New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2018.  
  • “Viable Social Philosophy for Religious Commitment towards Social Change”, Christian Engagement in Social Change: The Role of Theological Education, New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2018, pp. 143-153.
  •  "Framing of Liberative Social Philosophy from Sri Rāmānujācārya’s Thought”, New Life Theological Journal, 7.1 Jan.-June 2017, pp. 37-52.
  •  “An Indian Social Philosophy Derived from Sri Rāmānujācārya’s Life and Teachings”, Union Biblical Seminary Journal, 11.1, March 2017, pp. 37-50.
  • “Role of Religion in Social and Ecological Emancipation with Special Reference to Rāmānuja’s Thought”, Journal of Mission and Intercultural Studies, 3:1, Jan.-June 2016, pp. 103-122.
  •  "Philosophical Communitarian Ethics in Rāmānuja’s Exposition of Bhagvad Gītā 18.66”, Union Biblical Seminary Journal, 9.2, March 2016, pp. 147-173.
  •  “Religious Interactions in a Globalized World: A Prospect for Mission in India”, SATHRI Journal: A Journal of Contextual Theology, 8:1, April 2014, pp. 38-60.
  •  “Religious Convergence and Globalization in the Indian Context”, Journal of Mission and Intercultural Studies, 1:1, April 2014, pp. 77-87.
  •  “A Study of Religious Tenets of Hinduism and Buddhism for Ecological Significance”, Indian Journal of Theology, 54:1&2, 2012, pp. 159-173.
  •  “Indian Philosophical Approach to the Study of Religion with Special Reference to Swami Vivekananda’s Contribution”, The SATHRI Journal, 5:1&2, Dec. 2011, pp. 7-37.
  •  “A Creative Use of Rāmānuja’s Visistadvaita Vedanta in Indian Christian Theology: An Appraisal of the Theologies of A. J. Appasamy and Dhanjibhai Fakirbhai”, Doon Theological Journal, 6:2, 2009, pp. 179-201.
  •  “Agni Kristvidya (Fire Christology): A Comprehensive Model of Spirit Christology”, Doon Theological Journal, 3:3, 2006, pp. 162-179.

 

Presentations

  • “Creative Interaction between Humanism and Reformation and its Implication for Indian Context today” (paper presented at the Annual Alumni Gathering, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune on 22nd Nov. 2017)
  •  "Luther’s Reformation and its Implications in the Indian Context” (paper presented at a Seminar for Church Leaders, Mumbai on 22nd Sept. 2017)
  •  “The Role of the Local Church in Missions” (paper presented at the Church Retreat, Mumbai on 27th August 2017)
  •  “A Study of Religious Extremism and Fundamentalism from the Perspective of the History of Religions” (paper presented at a Workshop on Religious Fundamentalism at St. Paul’s Church, Pune on 11th Oct. 2016)
  •  “Contemporary Review of Buddhism in Bangkok, Sri Lanka and Bhutan” (paper presented at International School for Missionaries Training Program, Adventist Media Centre, Pune on 3rd Oct. 2016)
  •  “Evangelistic Methods used for Buddhists in Bhutan and Sri Lanka” (paper presented at International School for Missionaries Training Program, Adventist Media Centre, Pune on 29th July 2014)
  •  “A Humanist Ethics; A Study on the Social Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas” (paper presented at Studienabend, Missionsakademie on 12th Nov. 2013)
  •  “Hindu Ethics” (paper prepared at a seminar on “World Ethics Forum” at Breklum, Germany on 4th Nov. 2013)
  •  “Developing a Relevant Theology from the Writings of Krishna Mohan Benerjea” (paper presented at a seminar on ‘Krishna Mohan Banerjea’s Contribution’ at Bishop’s College, Kolkata on 16th August 2012)

 

Membership in Professional and Academic Organizations

  • Member of Student Christian Movement (SCM), Kolkata (India)
  • Member of Organizing Committee, United Churches Sunday School, Kolkata (India)

 

Languages

  • English, Bilingual Fluency
  • Hindi, Bilingual Fluency
  • Sanskrit, Bilingual Fluency
  • Telugu, Native Fluency
  • Marathi, Bilingual Fluency
  • Hebrew, German (Academic)