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Christianity in South and Central Asia$
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Kenneth R. Ross, Daniel Jeyaraj, and Todd M. Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439824

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439824.001.0001

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Christianity in South and Central Asia

Christianity in South and Central Asia

(p.15) Christianity in South and Central Asia
Christianity in South and Central Asia

Daniel Jeyaraj

Edinburgh University Press

While Christianity in South and Central Asia has deep historical roots, the World Wars, the demise of British colonialism, and Islamic influence have been defining turning points. Today, Christians in South and Central Asia constitute a minority and most struggle for political recognition, social equality and protection from persecution. With Russia, China, and USA are major players in sociopolitical dynamics, ethnic and cultural tensions permeate across geopolitical borders with the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, along with Chinese and American globalization. Christian organizations exercising ecumenical efforts find success in ministries that alleviate suffering and promote social mobility among believers and non-believers alike. However, such efforts can be branded as threats to the social fabric. Despite having to live in secrecy in most regions, Christians as minorities seek good relationships with others at various levels. Inter-religious engagement becomes problematic when Christians question the status quo and demand equal opportunities and rights. Pentecostal Christians exert influence on fellow Christians and non-Christians alike. Their worship and spirituality, theology and social work, mission and evangelism struggle with caste, tribal and other ethnic identities, and their united churches contribute to the fullness of global Christianity.

Keywords:   Ecumenism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Interreligious

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