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Christianity in India: A Faith of Many Colors

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Christianity in India: A Faith of Many Colors

For the Indian people, the gospel is no ordinary or abstract message: it is an emancipatory declaration spurring societal transformation and the unity of high and low, rich and poor, touchable and untouchable. But how can the gospel transform, yet not destroy, culture? With what magnitude can it shake an oppressive societal system while maintaining appropriate cultural sensitivity? This colorful issue of Christian History & Biography thoroughly investigates these questions in the context of India's blossoming Christian faith.

Inside this issue you'll find:

  • Jesus Was Her Guru - If you don't know the inner strength of an Indian woman with a divine call, you haven't met Pandita Ramabai.
  • Hope for Outcastes - For India's "untouchable" Christians, relating their faith to the surrounding culture was no simple matter.
  • The Trailblazer - The first evangelical missionary to India set out to prove that the gospel does not destroy culture but transforms it from within.
  • The Faith "Goes Native" - How indigenous Christian movements radically transformed entire communities.
  • A Church Reborn - Catholicism emerged out of decline and disarray to become the largest Christian community in India.
  • Wanderer for Christ - Combining the lifesytle of an ascetic "holy man" with the devotion of a Christian visionary, Sadhu Sundar Singh became for many a symbol of authentically Indian Christianity
Issue 87 * Summer 2005
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