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Indigenous Responses to Western Christianity - Steven B. Kaplan

Indigenous Responses to Western Christianity

By: Steven B. Kaplan (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1994
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For over five hundred years, since the great age of exploration, Western Christians have visited, traded with, conquered and colonized large parts of the non-Western world. In virtually every case this contact has been accompanied by an attempt to spread Christianity.

This volume explores the manner in which Western missionary Christianity has been shaped and transformed through contact with the peoples of Peru, Mexico, Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, and Japan. Indigenous Responses to Western Christianity demonstrates how local populations, who initially encountered Christianity as a mixture of religion, culture, politics, ethics and technology, selected those elements they felt suited their needs. The conversion of the local population, the volume shows, was usually accompanied by a significant indigenization of Christianity. Through the detailed examination and comparison of events in a range of countries and cultures, this book points provides a deeper understanding of mission history and the dynamics of Christianity's expansion. The encounter with Western Christianity is vital to the history of contact between Western and non-Western civilizations. Western Christians have visited, traded with, conquered and colonized large parts of the non-Western world for over five hundred years, and their migration has almost always been accompanied by an attempt to create new Christians in new lands. Just as indigenous people have been converted however, so too has Christianity become variously indigenized. Local populations initially encounter a Christian package of religion, culture, politics, ethics and technology. This volume illustrates the ways in which peoples have selected elements of this package to suit their specific needs, and so explores the myriad transformations missionary Christianity has undergone through contact with the peoples of Peru, Mexico, Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and Japan. Contributing are Erik Cohen (University of Jerusalem), Yochanan Bar Yafe Szeminski ?, John F. Howes ?, D. Dennis Hudson ?, Daniel H. Bays (University of Kansas), and Eric Van Young (University of California, San Diego). The chapters are linked by their attempt to overcome conventional regional and disciplinary barriers in order to achieve a deeper understanding of mission history and the dynamics of the expansion of Christianity. A remarkable work, this volume will pave the way for entirely new approaches to a particularly complex and demanding subject.

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Africanization of Missionary Christianity: History and Typologyp. 9
Christianization and Indigenization: Contrasting Processes of Religious Adaptation in Thailandp. 29
From Inca Gods to Spanish Saints and Demonsp. 56
Japanese Christianity and the State: From Jesuit Confrontation/Competition to Uchimura's Noninstitutional Movement/Protestantismp. 75
Tamil Hindu Responses to Protestants: Nineteenth-Century Literati in Jaffna and Tinnevellyp. 95
Indigenous Protestant Churches in China, 1900-1937: A Pentecostal Case Studyp. 124
The Messiah and the Masked Man: Popular Ideology in Mexico, 1810-1821p. 144
About the Editorp. 175
About the Contributorsp. 176
Indexp. 178
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ISBN: 9780814746493
ISBN-10: 0814746497
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 1st August 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.43