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Title: Towards a re-imagined Christian Mission in India in the context of 'Hindutva'
Author: Mathew, Abraham
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Hindutva is a neo-Hindu stream within Hinduism which attempts to re-interpret Hinduism based on a constructed 'Hindu identity'. It represents the mission passion within Hinduism and complicates the relationship between religions by requiring an evaluation of the projections and actions of other religions in the Indian context. It evaluates Christianity as a yet to be corrected identity and points out the ways of correction which in turn encourages assimilation into 'the Hindu' stream. In this context this study evaluates the selected Christian missiological responses to Hindutva attempting to expose their adequacies and inadequacies. Selecting three segments from Indian Christian mission theological reflections - Sebastian Kappen, M.M. Thomas and the Dalit Christian theology, this study critically engages with them considering the criticism by Hindutva of Christian mission. Out of the engagement with Hindutva and Christian mission responses this study identifies the marginalization of subaltern voices within Hindu initiatives and weaknesses in the Christian missiological responses. Hence this study proceeds to incorporate marginal voices in a re-imagination of Christian mission following some evaluations and proposals of subaltern historiography. The study identifies three approaches of Christian mission in India linked to the key figures. above which are: a hybrid model for tackling religious identity; a secular model for dealing with state; and a prophetic model for expressing Christian public witness. These three proposals are critiqued to bring out their strengths and limitations in light of subaltern theory. Rejecting the hybridity proposal, this study proposes ' learn to live with differences', keeping negotiations as an inevitable part of life. Dealing with state-religion relationship, this study argues for a more democratic way of life where the Indian version of secularism is retained as a component for providing a common space where all religions. and communities interact. By identifying the domesticating elements within any public sphere this study proposes a 'sympatheticus' method for expressing Christian mission presence in the public sphere.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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