Summer 2011

East Meets East: In the Heartland of Hinduism

From their origins, Christian communities in India have had to wrestle with cultural and religious diversity that boggle the minds of most Christians from Europe and North America. Today India persists in being a theater for Christian engagement with multiculturalism and religious pluralism. Being thoroughly Eastern, Indian Christians are uniquely positioned to help tear down caricatures of the interface between Hindus and Christians as a meeting of East verses West—of something indigenous or of foreign import. In this issue of Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue, Dr. Atul Aghamkar of the South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore, provides an overview of the modern history of Hindu-Christian relations in India and offers insights on areas for fruitful dialogue can take place.

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