Living in New Traditions

Christopher Harding

in Religious Transformation in South Asia

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548224
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720697 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

 Living in New Traditions

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This chapter looks at missionary and convert attempts to construct a Christian community life in the wake of the mass movements, including attempted socialization through education, ceremony, and general welfare. Frustrations on all sides are highly revealing of the expectations with which mission personnel and converts entered uncertain associations with one another. Contests over the question of ‘what does it mean to be a Christian?’ and attempts by the CMS and the Capuchins to win influence in scattered convert communities are the principal focus, setting the tone as they did for future generations of Punjabi Christians.

Keywords: community; construct; build; convert; mass movements; contest; education; school; medicine; hospital

Chapter.  18588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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