Pentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India

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byChad M. Bauman

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Every year, there are several hundred attacks on India's Christians. These attacks are carried out by violent anti-minority activists, many of them provoked by what they perceive to be a Christian propensity for aggressive proselytization, or by rumored or real conversions to the faith.Pentecostals are disproportionately targeted.Drawing on extensive interviews, ethnographic work, and a vast scholarly literature on interreligious violence, Hindu nationalism, and Christianity in India, Chad Bauman examines this phenomenon. While some of the factors in the targeting of Pentecostals are obvious and expected-their relativelygreater evangelical assertiveness, for instance - other significant factors are less acknowledged and more surprising: marginalization of Pentecostals by "mainstream" Christians, the social location of Pentecostal Christians, and transnational flows of missionary personnel, theories, and funds. Adetailed analysis of Indian Christian history, contemporary Indian politics, Indian social and cultural characteristics, and Pentecostal belief and practice, this volume sheds important light on a troubling fact of contemporary Indian life.

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Every year, there are several hundred attacks on India's Christians. These attacks are carried out by violent anti-minority activists, many of them provoked by what they perceive to be a Christian propensity for aggressive proselytization, or by rumored or real conversions to the faith.Pentecostals are disproportionately targeted.Drawi...

Chad Bauman is Associate Professor of Religion at Butler University and is the author of Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:February 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsMapIntroduction1. Who are India's Pentecostals?: History, Definitions, Deliberations2. Pentecostalism in the Context of Indian History and Politics3. Where the Spirit (of Violence) Leads: The Disproportionate Targeting of Indian Pentecostals4. Force, Fraud, and Inducement?: Recuperative Conversions and the Growth of Indian Christianity5. Missions and the Pentecostalization of Indian ChristianityConclusionWorks Cited

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"Within India's multi-faith and multi-cultural society, any conversion or change of faith is fraught with danger. This is especially so where any agency claims to represent a permanent and immutable 'majority' of all institutions, as is done by the forces of Hindutva. Chad Bauman is to becommended for having interrogated the intricacies of this extremely difficult subject. He adroitly challenges understandings of anti-Christian violence." --Robert Eric Frykenberg, Professor of History and South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison