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

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

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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 qmainstreamq 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.... a group of fifty attackers disrupted an Indian Pentecostal Church of God congregationa#39;s Sunday worship service. ... The pastors were released only later, on bail.17 Through extremely common narratives such as these, the outline of aanbsp;...

Title:Pentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India
Author:Chad M. Bauman
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2015-02-02


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