Indian Christianity: History, Thought, Practice

SMT6645HF  L0101
Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This seminar explores the claim of diverse Christian traditions in South Asia to be religious traditions of South Asia, with special attention to these traditions' indigenisation and social interactions with majority Hindu traditions. Our study will begin with an overview of the historical development of Christianity in India from the first century CE to the present. In a second unit, we move to close readings of major theological articulations for and against an indigenous South Asian Christianity. Finally, our attention will tum to the concept of "ritual dialogue" in Christian practice and the ethnographic study of Christian communities in India. Most of our attention will be focused on Christian traditions in South India, but students are encouraged to choose topics related to Christianity in other parts of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and/or Bhutan for their research papers.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMT3645HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 10:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Reid B. Locklin
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 5 · Crosslisted to: Historical
Enrollment Notes: Max 5 (AD & BD)
Additional Notes: Offered jointly with existing seminars in (undergraduate) Christianity & Culture programme and (graduate) Department for the Study of Religion

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