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Christians in South Indian villages, 1959-2009 : decline and revival in Telangana / John B. Carman & Chilkuri Vasantha Rao.

By: Carman, John B.
Contributor(s): Vasantha Rao, Chilkuri.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Studies in the history of Christian missions: Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014Description: xvi, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780802871633; 0802871631.Subject(s): Christians -- India -- Telangana -- History -- 20th century | Christians -- India -- Telangana -- History -- 21st century | Telangana (India) -- Church history -- 20th century | Telangana (India) -- Church history -- 21st centuryDDC classification: 275.4/84 Other classification: 11.50 | 15.75
Contents:
Studying and restudying village Christians -- A brief history of developments in Telangana -- Christianity in India and Telangana -- The village religion surrounding Christians -- The older congregations in the Jangarai section -- The independent churches -- New CSI congregations of different kinds -- Christian adaptations of Hindu practices -- Distinctive beliefs of CSI Christians -- Healing and conversion -- Challenges facing the CSI congregations -- Challenges facing a divided church.
Summary: A discerning study of a slice of modern Indian Christianity and Christian-Hindu encounter. This book revisits South Indian Christian communities that were studied in 1959 and written about in Village Christians and Hindu Culture (1968). In 1959 the future of these village congregations was uncertain. Would they grow through conversions or slowly dissolve into the larger Hindu society around them? John Carman and Chilkuri Vasantha Rao's carefully gathered research fifty years later reveals both the decline of many older congregations and the surprising emergence of new Pentecostal and Baptist churches that emphasize the healing power of Christ. Significantly, the new congregations largely cut across caste lines, including both high castes and outcastes (Dalits). Carman and Vasantha Rao pay particular attention to the social, political, and religious environment of these Indian village Christians, including their adaptation of indigenous Hindu practices into their Christian faith and observances. (Publisher).
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-239) and index.

Studying and restudying village Christians -- A brief history of developments in Telangana -- Christianity in India and Telangana -- The village religion surrounding Christians -- The older congregations in the Jangarai section -- The independent churches -- New CSI congregations of different kinds -- Christian adaptations of Hindu practices -- Distinctive beliefs of CSI Christians -- Healing and conversion -- Challenges facing the CSI congregations -- Challenges facing a divided church.

A discerning study of a slice of modern Indian Christianity and Christian-Hindu encounter. This book revisits South Indian Christian communities that were studied in 1959 and written about in Village Christians and Hindu Culture (1968). In 1959 the future of these village congregations was uncertain. Would they grow through conversions or slowly dissolve into the larger Hindu society around them? John Carman and Chilkuri Vasantha Rao's carefully gathered research fifty years later reveals both the decline of many older congregations and the surprising emergence of new Pentecostal and Baptist churches that emphasize the healing power of Christ. Significantly, the new congregations largely cut across caste lines, including both high castes and outcastes (Dalits). Carman and Vasantha Rao pay particular attention to the social, political, and religious environment of these Indian village Christians, including their adaptation of indigenous Hindu practices into their Christian faith and observances. (Publisher).

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