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Christians, Cultural Interactions, and India's Religious Traditions
POD; Published: 6/25/2002
ISBN: 978-0-8028-3955-8
Price: $ 41.50
256 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.14 x 9.21
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Series: Studies in the History of Christian Missions

Christianity has long been one of India's religious traditions, but the extent to which the faith has influenced Indian society and culture has never been well documented. This important book is the first to do so. Here a group of historians, missiologists, and religion scholars examines the fascinating but little known history of missionary Christianity in India, showing how it has played a significant role in the development of modern India at every level. Chapters deal with the interaction between Christianity and India's "high culture," with aspects of conversion among tribal people and outcasts beneath the hierarchy of Hindu society, and with the development of Indian churches and their relation to the wider culture.

Contributors:< br>Peter B. Andersen
Michael Bergunder
Judith M. Brown
Susan Billington Harper
Beppe G. Karlsson
Indira Viswanathan Peterson
Avril A. Powell
Gerald Studdert-Kennedy
John C. B. Webster
Richard Fox Young
International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Outstanding Books for Mission Studies (2002)
Religious Studies Review
"These methodically sophisticated and well-researched essays will interest anyone working on the transformation of Christianity in South Asia but also on general issues in inter- and cross-cultural studies."
Andrew F. Walls
"The essays in this volume are all full of good things, and together they form a rich repast. Students of the Indian encounter with Christianity will feast here."
Lamin Sanneh
"This book is an important collection of essays describing Christianity's interface with the rich culture and history of India. It should not be read as just another work on cross-cultural mission and religious diversity — though even there readers will be enlightened — rather, it should be placed in the challenging intellectual context of Christian origins in a non-Christian environment. Eusebius and the Venerable Bede would be envious of us today if they knew what wealth of detail and fresh lines of inquiry have been opened to us by the story of post-Western Christianity. This book documents that story well."