Robert Eric Frykenberg

in Christianity in India

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780198263777
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714191 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church


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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. It argues that Christian faith in India — at various times and in various circumstances — has been able to transcend ethnic, national, and cultural barriers. What happened among various Christian communities of India, whether they were by birth ‘pure’ (savarna), ‘colourless’ (āvarna, or Dalit), or aboriginal (adivāsi), as described within the chapters of this study, can be seen as manifold instances of indigenous discoveries and appropriations of Christianity and not merely as instances of Christian discovery and exploration of native cultures by missionaries or scholars who were alien to India.

Keywords: Christians; Christianity; India; ethnic barriers; national barriers; cultural barriers

Chapter.  14096 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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