Debating 'conversion' in Hinduism and Christianity

By: Barua, Ankur
Material type: TextTextSeries: Routledge Hindu studies seriesPublisher: New York Routledge 2015Description: Various pagesISBN: 9781138847019 ; 9781315726991Subject(s): Christianity and other religions - Hinduism | Hinduism - Relations - Christianity | Missions to Hindus - India | Conversion - ChristianityDDC classification: 294.5152 Online resources: E-Book Summary: Hindu and Christian debates over the meanings, motivations, and modalities of ‘conversion’ provide the central connecting theme running through this book. It focuses on the reasons offered by both sides to defend or oppose the possibility of these cross-border movements, and shows how these reasons form part of a wider constellation of ideas, concepts, and practices of the Christian and the Hindu worlds. The book draws upon several historical case-studies of Christian missionaries and of Hindus who encountered these missionaries. By analysing some of the complex negotiations, intersections, and conflicts between Hindus and Christians over the question of ‘conversion’, it demonstrates that these encounters revolve around three main contested themes. Firstly, who can properly ‘speak for the convert’? Secondly, how is ‘tolerating’ the religious other connected to an appraisal of the other’s viewpoints which may be held to be incorrect, inadequate, or incomplete? Finally, what is, in fact, the ‘true Religion’? The book demonstrates that it is necessary to wrestle with these questions for an adequate understanding of the Hindu and Christian debates over ‘conversion.’ Questioning what ‘conversion’ precisely is, and why it has been such a volatile issue on India’s political-legal landscape, the book will be a useful contribution to studies of Hinduism, Christianity and Asian Religion and Philosophy. (http://www.tandfebooks.com/isbn/9781315726991)
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Table of Contents:


1. Prologue

2. Locating the Debates

3. The Ideologies of Empire: Christian Missionaries in a Victorian Age

4. The ‘Heathens’ and their ‘Idols’: Christian Missionaries and the Edifice of ‘Hinduism’

5. Preaching the Kingdom: ‘Caste’ and ‘Conversion’

6. Christian Orthodoxy and Hindu Spirituality: ‘Particularity’ versus ‘Universalism’?

7. Donning the Saffron Robe: The Many Meanings of ‘Mission’

8. The Bounds of ‘Toleration’: Hindus and Christians in ‘Secular’ India

9. Conclusion

Hindu and Christian debates over the meanings, motivations, and modalities of ‘conversion’ provide the central connecting theme running through this book. It focuses on the reasons offered by both sides to defend or oppose the possibility of these cross-border movements, and shows how these reasons form part of a wider constellation of ideas, concepts, and practices of the Christian and the Hindu worlds.

The book draws upon several historical case-studies of Christian missionaries and of Hindus who encountered these missionaries. By analysing some of the complex negotiations, intersections, and conflicts between Hindus and Christians over the question of ‘conversion’, it demonstrates that these encounters revolve around three main contested themes. Firstly, who can properly ‘speak for the convert’? Secondly, how is ‘tolerating’ the religious other connected to an appraisal of the other’s viewpoints which may be held to be incorrect, inadequate, or incomplete? Finally, what is, in fact, the ‘true Religion’? The book demonstrates that it is necessary to wrestle with these questions for an adequate understanding of the Hindu and Christian debates over ‘conversion.’

Questioning what ‘conversion’ precisely is, and why it has been such a volatile issue on India’s political-legal landscape, the book will be a useful contribution to studies of Hinduism, Christianity and Asian Religion and Philosophy.


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