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The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations

ISBN 9780367000707
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
516 Pages

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Book Description

The historical interplay of Hinduism as an ancient Indian religion and Christianity as a religion associated (in India, at least) with foreign power and colonialism, continues to animate Hindu–Christian relations today. On the one hand, The Routledge Handbook of Hindu–Christian Relations describes a rich history of amicable, productive, even sometimes syncretic Hindu–Christian encounters. On the other, this handbook equally attends to historical and contemporary moments of tension, conflict, and violence between Hindus and Christians. Comprising thirty-nine chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into seven parts:

  • Theoretical and methodological considerations
  • Historical interactions
  • Contemporary exchanges
  • Sites of bodily and material interactions
  • Significant figures
  • Comparative theologies
  • Responses

The handbook explores: how the study of Hindu–Christian relations has been and ought to be done, the history of Hindu–Christian relations through key interactions, ethnographic reflections on current dynamics of Hindu–Christian exchange, important key thinkers, and topics in comparative theology, ultimately providing a framework for further debates in the area.

The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations is essential reading for students and researchers in Hindu–Christian studies, Hindu traditions, Asian religions, and studies in Christianity. This handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as anthropology, political science, theology, and history.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Chad Bauman and Michelle Voss Roberts

Section 1: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

2. The Formation and Mutual Re-formations of "Christianity" and "Hinduism" as "Religious" Categories

Kerry P.C. San Chirico

3. The Emergence of Modern Hinduism

Hugh Nicholson

4. Western Philosophy and Christian Theology in Twentieth-Century Hindu Thought

Martin Ganeri

5. Orientalism and Postcolonial Theory in Hindu-Christian Encounters

Stephanie Corigliano

Section 2: Historical Interactions

6. Syrian Christians and Dominant-Caste Hindus

Sonja Thomas

7. Hindu-Jesuit Encounters

Francis X. Clooney, SJ

8. State Power in the Relations between Catholics and Hindus

Jason Keith Fernandes

9. Hindu-Protestant Encounters

Arun W. Jones

10. The East India Company, Christianity, and Hinduism

Penelope Carson

11. Hindu-Christian Debates in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Richard Fox Young

12. Critiques of Christianity from Savarkar to Malhotra

Chad M. Bauman

Section 3: Contemporary Exchanges: Conversion, Caste, and the Diaspora

13. Anti-Conversion Laws in Post-Independence India

Ian Richards

14. Hindu-Christian Relations through the Lens of Caste

Sunder John Boopalan

15. Race, Representation, and Hindu-Christian Encounters in Contemporary North America

Sailaja Krishnamurti

16. ISKCON-Christian Encounters

Claire C. Robison

17. Hindu-Christian Relations in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific

Pratap Kumar Penumala

Section 4: Sites of Bodily and Material Interactions

18. Popular Religious Traditions and Shared Religious Spaces

James Ponniah 

19. "Religion" and Hindu-Christian Relations after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Kristin C. Bloomer

20. Gender and the Social Boundaries between "Hindus" and "Christians"

Eliza F. Kent

21. Ritual and Ritualization in Hindu-Christian Relations

Reid B. Locklin

22. Aesthetics, Art, and Visual Culture in Hindu-Christian Relations

Patrick M. Beldio

23. Christian and Hindu Responses to Christian Yoga Practice in North America

Christopher Patrick Miller

Section 5: Significant Figures

24. Rammohun Roy

Dermot Killingley

25. Swami Vivekananda

Robin Rinehart

26. Mohandas K. ("Mahatma") Gandhi

Bradley S. Clough

27. Raimon Panikkar

Erik J. Ranstrom

28. Abhishiktananda

Catherine Cornille

Section 6: Comparative Theologies

29. A Theology of Hindu-Christian Relations

Michelle Voss Roberts

30. Rethinking the One and the Many in Advaita

Anantanand Rambachan

31. Creation, Cosmos, Ecology

Daniel Scheid

32. Competing Philosophies and Theologies of the Human Person

Ankur Barua

33. Divine Embodiment in Hinduism and Christianity

Jon Paul Sydnor

34. Truth and Salvation in Hindu-Christian Encounters

Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar

35. Inculturation

Michael Amaladoss, SJ

36. Peace and Conflict

Edward T. Ulrich

37. Contemporary Hindu-Christian Dialogue

Bob Robinson

Section 7: Responses

38. Response: Shared and Contested Spaces: Hindu-Christian Relations through a Performing Arts Lens

Vasudha Narayanan

39. Response: The Handbook in Light of the Past and Future of Hindu-Christian Relations

Francis X. Clooney, SJ

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Chad M. Bauman is Professor of Religion at Butler University, USA and a Research Fellow at the Center for Religion and American Culture.

Michelle Voss Roberts is Professor of Theology and Principal at Emmanuel College, a multireligious theological school in the University of Toronto, Canada.