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Lutherans in Kerala: Mission Perspective Towards Subalterns and their Socio-Religious and Secular Context

D. Christu Das (Author)

The book covers one hundred years of History of Lutherans in Kerala. The author has tried to trace the various factors which brought together different people groups into the Lutheran fold. He also analyzed historically how Lutheranism became a liberating force for the socially alienated people from their age old slumber. Christian Mission work in South India successfully created an ideological climate for the birth of several social justice and social emancipation movements. The whole society became more open to and aware of the needs of each other. In this background, Missouri Evangelical Lutheran India Mission (MELIM) entered into the Kerala scene as the latest Christian mission among the most backward people. Mission offered the possibility of secular salvation along with the Gospel. Lutheranism became a locus for the upward social mobility to the subalterns in Kerala. Lutherans in Kerala is one Church that has in its membership a large number of castes represented unlike many other mission agencies. By ignoring their caste and sub caste barriers an all embracing movement of different people group were possible in history. People from the bottom got identity and history. The hundred year's pilgrim journey as a unique subaltern solidarity, history of Lutherans in Kerala is remaining as unrecognized one. Attempts must be made to strengthen their shared/co-shared heritage to continue. This volume is intended to create a historical identity for the Christian Lutherans in Kerala.

Contents: Introduction. 1. Socio-cultural and historical context of Kerala. 2. The Lutheran mission to Kerala. 3. Lutherans in Kerala till 1956. 4. Christian Lutherans of Kerala from 1956 to 2011. 5. Subaltern solidarity : cause. 6. Lutherans in Kerala : an unacknowledged subaltern history. 7. Lutheran subalterns in Kerala: challenges and hopes. Conclusion. Bibliography.

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Title Lutherans in Kerala: Mission Perspective Towards Subalterns and their Socio-Religious and Secular Context
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.03.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351482888
length xxii+301p.