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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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Worship and Spirituality

Worship and Spirituality

(p.315) Worship and Spirituality
Christianity in South and Central Asia

Anand Amaladass

Edinburgh University Press

Christians in South Asia can be classified into three groups: the intellectual Christian elites, uneducated clerics, and the faithful ‘folk’ of the villages. After Vatican II came renewal in liturgy, church activities and social awareness. The word ‘Christian’ may be used as adjective of Christendom (a civilisation), or of Christianity (a religion among others) or of Christianness (a personal – but not individualistic – spirituality). The new trend is one of ‘Christic consciousness’. Aloysius Pieris speaks of an inter-textual encounter between the Hebrew-Christian Bible and the Pali Buddhist Tripitakas, paying regard to divergent cultural matrices and underlying socio-political histories. The most significant achievement of Christian spirituality came in changing the attitude of Hindus to people with low social status. The Retreat movement, started on a large scale in Potta, Kerala, still attracts thousands of people. The collapse of Soviet rule provided opportunity not only for the Orthodox Church to revive but also for new evangelical movements to establish their presence. Today, one talks of a ‘Christophany’ where the Spirit is at work beyond the rational or doctrinal approach; not mere exegesis of the ‘inspired’ texts, but it penetrates into every manifestation of the human spirit.

Keywords:   Spirituality, Christianity, Ecumenism, Interreligious, Christianness, Worship, Liturgy, Religion

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