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Christianity in India: From Beginnings to the Present
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Christianity in India: From Beginnings to the Present

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Oxford University Press 2008

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Overview

Robert Frykenberg’s insightful study explores and enhances historical understandings of Christian communities, cultures, and institutions within the Indian world from their beginnings to the present. Examining a newly emerging world Christianity,—in which Western Christians are a minority—Frykenberg has focused upon those transcultural interactions within Hindu and Muslim environments that have distinguished Christians in this part of the world. This book seeks to uncover various complexities in the proliferation of Christianity in its many forms and to examine processes by which Christian elements intermingled with indigenous cultures and which resulted in multiple identities, and also left imprints upon various cultures of India.

Thomas Christians believe that the Apostle Thomas came to India in 52 AD, and that he left seven congregations to carry on the mission of bringing the Gospel to India. In our day the impulse of this mission is more alive than ever. Catholics, in three hierarchies, have become most numerous and various Evangelicals/Protestant communities constitute the third great tradition. With the rise of Pentecostalism, a fourth great wave of Christian expansion in India has occurred. Starting with movements that began a century ago, there are now 10 to 15 times more missionaries than ever before, virtually all of them Indian. Needless to say, Christianity in India is profoundly Indian and Frykenberg provides a fascinating guide to its unique history and practice.

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Key Features

  • Explores Christian communities, cultures, and institutions within the Indian world
  • Focuses on the transcultural interactions within Hindu and Muslim environments
  • Examines the processes by which Christian elements intermingled with indigenous cultures

Contents

  • Christians, Christianity, and Christendom
  • Contextualizing Complexity, I: India’s Lands, Peoples, and Social Structures
  • Contextualizing Complexity, II: India’s Dominant Religious Traditions: Sana¯tana-Dharma and Dar-ul-Islam
  • Thomas Christians and the Thomas Tradition
  • Pfarangi Catholic Christians and Padroado Christendom
  • Evangelical Christians as Missionary Dubashis: Conduits of Cross-Cultural Communication
  • India’s Raj and Political Logic: The UniWcation of India, a Southern Perspective
  • Avarna Christians and Conversion Movements
  • Missionaries, Colonialism, and Ecclesiastical Dominion
  • Indian Christians and ‘Hindu Raj’
  • Elite Education and Missionaries
  • Catholic Renewal and Resurgence
  • ‘Trophies of Grace’ and their Public InXuence
  • Adivasi Movements in the North-East

Praise for the Print Edition

This is the best single-volume history of Christianity in India written so far. It is both genuinely Indo-centric and genuinely ecumenical.

—John C. B. Webster, International Bulletin of Missionary Research

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About Robert Eric Frykenberg

Robert Eric Frykenberg is professor emeritus of history and South Asian studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison