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Diaspora Christianities: Global Scattering and Gathering of South Asian Christians

Author: 
Sam George (Author)
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Description

South Asians make up one of the largest diasporas in the world and Christians form a relatively large share of it. Christians from the Indian subcontinent have successfully transplanted themselves all over the globe, and many from different faith backgrounds have embraced Christianity at overseas locations.

This volume includes biblical reflections on diasporic life, charts the historical and geographical spread of South Asian Christianity, and closes with a call to missional living in diaspora. It analyzes how migrants revive Christianity in adopted host nations and ancestral homelands.

This book portrays the fascinating saga of Christians of South Asian origin who have pitched their tents in the furthest corners of the globe and showcases triumphs and challenges of scattered communities. It presents the contemporary religious experiences from a plethora of discrete perspectives. It deals with issues such as community history, struggles of identity and belonging, linkage of religious and cultural traditions, preservation and adaptation of faith practices, ties between ancestral homeland and host nation, and diasporic moral dilemmas in diaspora. This book argues that human scattering amplifies diversity within Christianity and for the need for hetrogeneous unity amidst great diversities.

ISBN: 
9781506447049
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$34.00
ISBN: 
9781506447063
Price: 
$31.99
Release date: 
October 15, 2018
Pages: 
200
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

These pages breathe life into stale narratives of decline, reminding us that God is afoot. This book is hope in full bloom.

“Sam George has compiled a breathtaking array of essays on one of contemporary Christianity’s most underreported stories: diaspora communities, far-flung from home but not from faith. For the communities represented in these pages, this book offers the gift of being seen. These pages breathe life into stale narratives of decline, reminding us that God is afoot. This book is hope in full bloom.”

Kenda Creasy Dean | Princeton Theological Seminary

An invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about today’s global migration and its impact on global Christianity!

“This volume offers readers a rich, panoramic picture of what God is doing in and through the South Asian diaspora movement. Skillfully, the book captures a big picture of this global people movement while not losing focus on the vivid details of varied experiences of local communities of faith. An invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about today’s global migration and its impact on global Christianity!”

Peter T. Cha | Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

As one who hails from South Asia, I am delighted with the impressive quality of authors encouraging and enhancing a more effective outreach toward South Asians for the Lord Jesus Christ.

“As one who hails from South Asia, I am delighted with the impressive quality of authors encouraging and enhancing a more effective outreach toward South Asians for the Lord Jesus Christ. This book falls under the rubric of diaspora missiology, the best identifiable current opportunity for providentially creating fruitfulness through people movements for reflection and ministry.”

Ramesh Richard | Dallas Seminary

This title is a timely report to the wider community of the Christian faith

“The South Asian diaspora in remote lands and beyond vast seas is becoming ever more prevalent. This title is a timely report to the wider community of the Christian faith, which demands acts of love to meet the spiritual and social needs of these scattered peoples.”

Clement Mook-Soo Chia | Singapore Bible College

This informative volume deserves to be widely read

“A sweeping and substantive study of contemporary South Asians around the world. A wide range of scholars from multiple disciplines situated globally in diaspora has produced a dialectic and compelling narrative of lived religion arising out of numerous waves of migration from the Indian subcontinent in diverse directions over long periods of time. This informative volume deserves to be widely read.”

Ram Gidoomal | International Network of South Asian Diaspora Leaders (INSADL)

Very informative, wresting, and motivational

“This book is more than a portrait of contemporary South Asian diaspora. This new volume is very informative, wresting, and motivational. Other diaspora and migrants will definitely learn how to do missions to, through, and beyond their own groups.”

Sadiri Joy Tira | Catalyst for Diasporas, The Lausanne Movement