The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations

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The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations | Chad M Bauman and Michelle Voss Roberts

The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations

Chad M Bauman 
Michelle Voss Roberts

Routledge Handbooks in Religion




516 pages

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.

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.

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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