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Toar B. Hutagalung

Toar B. Hutagalung

Theological and Ethical Studies

Toar Banua Hutagalung received his master of arts in theological research (MATR) from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA. He holds his bachelor of science in theology (S.Si.Teol.) degree from Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Teologi Jakarta (Jakarta Theological Seminary), where he taught systematic theology and theology of religions as an adjunct faculty for two years. He continues his doctoral studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in theology and ethics, with a postcolonial/decolonial studies as his minor. His research interest has been in Christology and the Trinity, theology of religions, and it is now developing into a postcolonial/decolonial perspective, especially on the issue of liminal identity and Pneumatology.

Since 2014, Toar has been the Chair of Asosiasi Teolog Indonesia/ATI (Association of Indonesian Theologian) where mostly young Indonesian theologians come from various traditions to work together and create a space for these emerging theologians. Since 2016, he is also working as the Coordinator of the Center for Asian/Asian American Ministry and Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Toar is a member of Protestant Church in Western Indonesia (Gereja Protestan di Indonesia bagian Barat/GPIB). He attended First Baptist Church when he was in Newton, and is currently attending First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, IL. He also loves music!

Papers and Publications

“God in Unity and Plurality: Reading on Bhagavad Gita and Nicholas Cusa’s De Pace Fidei,” in Dari Disabilitas ke Penebusan: Potret Pemikiran Teolog-teolog Muda Indonesia, edited by Ronald Arulangi, Jakarta: BPK Gunung Mulia, 2016.

“The Advaitic Experience in Christianity and Hinduism,” Indonesian Journal of Theology 2, no. 1 (July 2014): 78-89.

“Embracing the Ghosts: Postcolonial Approach to Trauma Using Paschal Memory in Jakarta,” presented in Northwestern University, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate Conference, October 2016.

“Old Thiess Trial and Narasimha: Shape-shifting Narratives on Christological Liminality,” presented in Engaging Particularities, Boston College, Graduate Conference, April 2016.

"Multiplicity: An Alternative Paradigm on God and the Others,” presented in ATI Annual Meeting, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, August 2014.

“Mission and Postcolonialism in Indonesia," presented at the American Culture and the Missionary Enterprise: Acknowledging the 200th Anniversary of the Judson Mission and the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission, Newton, MA, February 2012.