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Indian Christianity : An Alternate Reading
Authorship Description
Dr. Roger E. Hedlund.
Bibliographical Details xxvi, 181 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481212
ISBN-13 9789351481218, 978-9351481218
Year of Publication 2016.
Series CCPRA Publication Series - No. 6.
Further Details In Collaboration with Clark Centre for Peace Research and Action (CCPRA), Clark Theological College, Aolijen.
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The book projects the rich heritage of Indian Christianity covering a vast period of first to the twenty-first century. The author has a meticulous projection in detailing the historical scenario by selecting and describing the most significant events, the key figures and developments in the history of the church in India.

An important contribution of this book is that instead of beginning with the so-called `great traditions'- those of the elite hierarchical, and the professional officialdom of the church, the author looks at the `little tradition'. This is what he means by the alternate reading. In this book one will find references to sources that reflect expressions `from below'. This historiography from below pays attention to the empirical data drawn from participants in the drama. It acknowledges the complexity of Indian Christianity and honours the multiple cultural identities of the church in India.

The book is clearly written in a readable style and makes a valuable resource for teachers and students of church history, and for all those who are interested in learning about the Indian Church.







1. At the Beginning : Who is Jesus Christ?

2. Foundations : Thomas and the First Christians

3. Golden Era or Dark Age? The Silent Years Until the Portuguese Came

4. And Then the Protestants Came : Pierists, Baptists and Others

5. Christian Identity, Distortions and More

6. Bengali Builders of the Church in the Nineteenth Century

7. North India Builders of the Church in the Nineteenth Century

8. Social/Religious Change in the Nineteenth Century India

9. Reformers and Reforms in the Nineteenth Century India

10. North East India : Here Come the Baptists

11. Struggle for Survival : Competence for Leadership

12. Indian Christianity : Pentecostal, Evangelical and Ecumenical

13. Indian Christianity : Ecumenical, Contextual and Catholic

14. A New Era of World Christianity

15. In Conclusion and Continuation



Scriptures Quoted

Dr. Hedlund is a missiologist, a teacher and a writer. He came to India in 1974 as a missiologist and a teacher to teach at Union Biblical Seminary, Yavatmal. Since then, there has been no looking back. He started the Church Growth Research Centre, and was responsible for initiating the Church Growth Association in India. At present, Dr. Hedlund is the Director of the MIIS, which is a direct outgrowth of the Church of Indigenous Origin project, to initiate the study of Indigenous Christianity as a field for academic research in Indian Universities and Colleges. In 1961, he married Thea June List. They have two children: Karl and Lisa; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The Hedlunds live now in California.

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