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Pentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India

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Written in English

224 pages

Every year, there are several hundred attacks on India's Christians. These attacks are carried out by violent anti-minority activists, many of them provoked by what they perceive to be a Christian propensity for aggressive proselytization, or by rumored or real conversions to the faith. Pentecostals are disproportionately targeted.

Drawing on extensive interviews, ethnographic work, and a vast scholarly literature on interreligious violence, Hindu nationalism, and Christianity in India, Chad Bauman examines this phenomenon. While some of the factors in the targeting of Pentecostals are obvious and expected-their relatively greater evangelical assertiveness, for instance-other significant factors are less acknowledged and more surprising: marginalization of Pentecostals by "mainstream" Christians, the social location of Pentecostal Christians, and transnational flows of missionary personnel, theories, and funds. A detailed analysis of Indian Christian history, contemporary Indian politics, Indian social and cultural characteristics, and Pentecostal belief and practice, this volume sheds important light on a troubling fact of contemporary Indian life.

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Every year, there are several hundred attacks on India's Christians. These attacks are carried out by violent anti-minority activists, many of them provoked by what they perceive to be a Christian propensity for aggressive proselytization, or by rumored or real conversions to the faith. Pentecostals are disproportionately targeted.

Drawing on extensive interviews, ethnographic work, and a vast scholarly literature on interreligious violence, Hindu nationalism, and Christianity in India, Chad Bauman examines this phenomenon. While some of the factors in the targeting of Pentecostals are obvious and expected-their relatively greater evangelical assertiveness, for instance-other significant factors are less acknowledged and more surprising: marginalization of Pentecostals by "mainstream" Christians, the social location of Pentecostal Christians, and transnational flows of missionary personnel, theories, and funds. A detailed analysis of Indian Christian history, contemporary Indian politics, Indian social and cultural characteristics, and Pentecostal belief and practice, this volume sheds important light on a troubling fact of contemporary Indian life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Map
Introduction
CHAPTER 1 Who Are India's Pentecostals?: History, Definitions, Deliberations
CHAPTER 2 Pentecostalism in the Context of Indian History and Politics
CHAPTER 3 Where the Spirit (of Violence) Leads; The Disproportionate Targeting of Indian Pentecostals
CHAPTER 4 Force, Fraud, and Inducements?: Recuperative Conversions and the Growth of Indian Christianity
CHAPTER 5 Missions and the Pentecostalization of Indian Christianity
Conclusion: Conversion Activities, Metaphorical Cockroaches, and the Question of Culpability
Works Cited
Index

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Paperback
Number of pages
224
Dimensions
9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
Weight
10.4 ounces

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OL26405973M
ISBN 13
9780190202101

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