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Christianity and Cultures: Anthropological Insights for Christian Mission in India

S.M. Michael (Author)

Anthropology is the science of human beings. One of its greatest contributions is the study of culture as human specific. As fish cannot live without water, human beings cannot live without culture. Culture is a comprehensive term. It signifies the way different human communities organize themselves to give meaning through the complex interaction of their economic, social, political, aesthetic and religious dimensions of life.

After the historical Resurrection-Experience of Crucified Jesus, the timid, discouraged and disillusioned apostles began to share their New Life in Jesus to people of all cultures by crossing the seas, climbing the mountains and facing all persecutions. Thus began the Christian Movement and encounter between Christianity and cultures.

This relationship between Christianity and Cultures is a dynamic process in human history involving cultural adaptation, accommodation, indigenization, contextualization, inculturation and interculturation. It includes challenge and celebration of cultures, dialogue, mutual fecundation, transformation, liberation and conversion.

Today, this movement is challenged by ethnocentrism, narrow cultural nationalism, religious pluralism, relativism and Post-Modern liberalism. In order to find new paths in Christian Mission, a deeper understanding of culture in the lives of people is a must.

This book is the result of many years of scientific research and reflection. It offers very significant insights into the understanding of the dynamic relationship between Christianity and Cultures in human history, especially in the context of Indian cultures. It will be a very insightful reading for social scientists, theologians, missionaries and all those who are interested in the relationship between Christianity and cultures.

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About the author

S.M. Michael

S. M. Michael is Reader, Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai. He is also the Honorary Director of the Institute of Indian Culture, Mumbai. His previous publications include Culture and Urbanization, Anthropology as a Historical Science, and Dalits in Modern India: Vision and Values, besides over 50 articles published in national and international journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Christianity and Cultures: Anthropological Insights for Christian Mission in India
Author S.M. Michael
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Ishvani Kendra
Language: English
isbn 8184654960, 9788184654967
length 269p., 24cm.