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Christianity in India: From Beginnings to the Present (Oxford History of the Christian Church) Paperback – April 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199575831 ISBN-10: 0199575835

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  • Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199575835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199575831
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Frykenberg succeeds wonderfully, with a book that is richly informative on countless aspects of Indian history quite apart from its contributions to Christianity." --Christian Century


"Writing a history of Christianity in India in a single volume, even a volume as large as this one, is a daunting task...This book faces those challenges head-on with considerable success. ...This is the best single-volume history of Christianity in India written so far.--International Bulletin of Missionary Research


"The breadth of [Frykenberg's] work is astounding." --Religious Studies Review


"[T]his monumental undertaking further brings to public view how ancient, large, variegated, and vibrant a tradition is Christianity in India today." --Church History


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Robert Eric Frykenberg is Professor Emeritus of History and South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, U.S.A.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. John on February 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a comprehensive, single-volume history of Christianity in India, which takes into account the beginnings of Christianity and covers its present state. The history of Christian communities is presented as "Indocentric," where Christianity is seen as indigenous and contextual to the various cultures of India. However, the author's claim that such a task has not been accomplished before, in a single volume, needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. The very first volume on Indian Christianity by C. B. Firth, which was written in the 1960s, is still one of the most popular single-volume histories of the growth of Christianity in India in spite of its historiography being far from perfect. The major strength of Frykenburg's work is that it is concerned about Indian Christians, their indigenous cultures, communities, and institutions rather than with the foreign missionary enterprise in India. However, since Frykenburg worked mostly in South India, he devotes a major portion of this volume to South Indian Christianity. As far as the history of Christianity in North India is concerned, I find this volume disappointing. Christianity in North India is referred to, in a passing manner, in less than two pages (pp 239-240, out of about 500 pages of the text), which deals only about the mass movements in the 19th century. The subject then comes up only in the Conclusion and Epilogue sections, that too, referring only to the current mass movement of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. Even this section is based on unconfirmed/unreliable facts and figures.
In contemporary India, perhaps the largest national federation of indigenous missionary organizations is India Missions Association (IMA). The author writes it as "Indian Missionary Association!" (p 464). In fact, there is no such organization in India.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on November 9, 2012
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Christianity in India: From Beginnings to the Present is a study that is universal in its scope. While Christian church historians may find this most interesting, any person interested in the multi-cultural nature of India and its faiths will benefit. This is not a polemic but a model of academic research and intelligent writing.

David Morris
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Miller on May 18, 2011
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An extremely thorough look at Christianity and its spread in India. This book is not for the casual reader and I ended up skimming most of it. Still, there is a ton of good information and it's nice to have on hand.
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By Robert G. Buice on April 19, 2014
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Downloaded very easily. Opened much as anticipated. Easily read on Kindle. What else can one say about an electronic book?
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