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The Missionary Movement of the 19th and 20th Centuries and its Encounter with India

A Historico-Theological Investigation with Three Case Studies


Isaac Padinjarekuttu and Ria Kral

Despite the centuries-old missionary enterprise, Christians constitute just a tiny minority in multi-religious India. This book attempts a partial explanation of this reality by investigating the historical and theological aspects of the Catholic missionary movement in the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries. It tries to examine whether the Church succeeded in articulating a fresh missionary understanding in the face of the political, social and religious transformations which took place in India. It analyses these complex processes in the light of the missiological discussions in Europe and attempts to discover the concrete responses of western theology to the problems in the Indian mission.
Contents: Historical overviw of mission from the Age of Discoveries - Missionary method and theology of mission - Christian mission and India - Europeanism and accommodation in the Indian context - Mission and religious pluralism - Inculturation and dialogue - Indian theology.