In recent years, there has been a marked improvement and increase in scholarly writing on Christianity in South Asia. More recent works written by scholars such as Rowena Robinson, Mathew Schmalz, and the late D. Dennis Hudson have moved beyond earlier studies that were mostly historical, semihagiographical, and/or denominational. The tools of anthropology, religious studies, and area studies have helped shed new light on Christianity in South Asia and beyond, fruitfully demonstrating the agency of indigenous peoples as well as points of interaction and exchange between religious communities. There is in this postcolonial era a move away from mission histories toward the study of contemporary instantiations of what is now called “world Christianity,” or of what this reviewer prefers to call “global Christianities.” Michael Bergunder's work can be situated within this newer milieu, although it lacks some of the analytical depth of these other works. Nevertheless, the book fills a...
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Book Review| May 01 2009
The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century
The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century. Studies in the History of Christian Missions. By Michael Bergunder.
Grand Rapids, Mich.:
William B. Eerdmans,
1pp. $40.00 (paper).
Journal of Asian Studies (2009) 68 (2): 646–648.
Kerry P. C. San Chirico; The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century. Journal of Asian Studies 1 May 2009; 68 (2): 646–648. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911809001053
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