Protestant origins in India : Tamil Evangelical Christians, 1706-1835 /
D. Dennis Hudson.
Grand Rapids, Mich : William B. Eerdmans Pub. ; Richmond, Surrey : Curzon Press, 2000.
xi, 220 p. : ill.
0802847218 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Grand Rapids, Mich : William B. Eerdmans Pub. ; Richmond, Surrey : Curzon Press, 2000.
0802847218 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 198-208) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-01:
There are few outstanding books on the history and development of Christianity in India. Hudson (Smith College) has contributed an exceptional work, at once well written, accessible for a wide readership, and scholarly. The history of Christianity in the Indian subcontinent is extremely complex. In the early 18th century Protestantism was introduced through German missionaries in a Danish colony. During the early years, Protestant Pietism adapted to Tamil customs of language, caste, and kinship. In the British period new missionaries from Europe tried to expunge these cultural elements from Protestantism. Matters of identity, social organization, and language were assaulted by the new missionaries. Particularly difficult were attempts to remove caste differences and to restrict festivals that were considered too sensual. This volume represents a highly refined analysis of the multiple strands in an exceedingly complex socioreligious context. Hudson's analysis is brilliant, insightful, and refreshingly jargon-free. It includes an excellent glossary and index. Highly recommended for both the general educated reader and scholars in South Asian studies, comparative religion, and anthropology. J. J. Preston; SUNY College at Oneonta
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