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The Communication of Christianity

Christopher Harding

in Religious Transformation in South Asia

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548224
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548224.003.0004

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

 The Communication of Christianity

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This chapter looks at the ways in which Christianity was communicated across vast expanses of rural Punjab, the reaction of missionaries once they became aware that a large-scale movement of poor rural workers towards Christianity was afoot, and the various ways in which they sought to order and teach those entering the mission-Churches. Convert perceptions about Christianity at this early stage are crucial. Was there a tendency among converts to view it as a collection of ideas and resources from which they could pick and choose, or rather as a cohesive whole that would have to be either accepted or rejected in its totality? The role played by catechists in these early years of the mission-convert relationship is examined, from their training and workload to varying perceptions among missionaries and converts about what their main duties ought to be and how satisfactorily they were executing them.

Keywords: catechist; agent; Catholic; Protestant; itineration; mission; missionary; rural; evangelization; mass movement

Chapter.  13505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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