Christianity Made in India: From Apostle Thomas to Mother Teresa

Christianity Made in India: From Apostle Thomas to Mother Teresa

by Roger E. Hedlund

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Christianity Made in India: From Apostle Thomas to Mother Teresa discusses the indigenization of Christianity in the Indian context. It is set in the larger context of the exceptional growth of the church in the non-Western world during the twentieth century, which has been characterized by a diversity of localized cultural expressions. It recognizes that the center of Christian influence numerically and theologically is shifting wouthward to Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Increasingly, it is found in nontraditional (non-Catholic, non-Protestant, non-Syrian) churches of indigenous-independent variety, frequently charismatic, not necessarily Pentecostal, but of substantial evangelical and cultural diversity. Predominantly, it is a church of the poor. It affirms the reality that wherever the gospel goes, it takes root in the local culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506430331
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Series: South Asian Theology
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Roger E. Hedlund is director emeritus of Mylapore Institute for Indigenous Studies. He is the retired managing editor of Dharma Deepika: A South Asian Journal of Missiological Research and chief editor of Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity (2012). He taught missiology at Union Biblical Seminary (Yavatmal/Pune) 1974-78 and taught mission research at Serampore College (West Bengal) 1994-97.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction: "Beginning from Jerusalem" 1

2 Foundations: Thomas and the First Christians 11

3 A Thousand Years of Silence?: The Forgotten Golden Age of the Church 21

4 Ziegenbalg: The Beginnings of Protestant Christianity in India

5 Carey and the Evangelical Experiment at Serampore 43

6 Ramabai Dongre Medhavi: Change Agent in Modern Indian History 53

7 Evangelical Christians and Social Transformation 67

8 Indigenous Churches of South Asia and Beyond 81

9 Why Study New Movements?: The Importance of India's New Christian Movements 95

10 Religious Plurality and Christian Concerns Insights from India 117

11 Poverty, Evangelisation, and Christian Identity 135

12 Creative Ministries of New Christian Movements 145

13 Living Water and the Holy Spirit 163

14 Fourth Branch Christianity and the Historiography of New Christian Movements 177

15 Christian Identity in a Pluralistic World 197

16 Hindus and Christians Together for Two Thousand Years 211

17 Conclusion: "To the Ends of the Earth" 227

Glossary of Indian Terms 235

Index of Subjects 243

Index of Authors 269

Index of Biblical References 279

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