India and the Indianness of Christianity: Essays on Understanding-Historical, Theological, and Bibliographical-In Honor of Robert Eric Frykenberg

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India and the Indianness of Christianity: Essays on Understanding-Historical, Theological, and Bibliographical-in Honor of Robert Eric Frykenberg. Edited by Richard Fox Young. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. Pp. ix, 283. Paperback $45.

The excellent essays collected in India and the Indianness of Christianity have been presented in honor of Robert Frykenberg, a long-time friend and a historian of high caliber who has contributed significantly toward a better understanding and interpretation of Christianity in India. Ably introduced and edited by Richard Fox Young, an Indologist who teaches the history of religions at Princeton Theological Seminary, this volume highlights some important but largely neglected personalities, historical events, and theological issues, and it opens up new avenues and perspectives for further investigation into the church and mission history of India. Its fifteen significant essays by prominent historians and theologians from around the world include two who have Indian roots but are not residents of India. Young's introduction provides a very valuable chronology and highlights the academic contribution of "Bob" Frykenberg, and the final two chapters provide crucial archival information on Indian/South Asian collections in the United Kingdom and the United States.

These essays, carefully chosen to highlight key aspects of the emergence and development of the Indian church, provide unique information about individuals who contributed to the Indianness of the church. The volume carefully points to "Indian" participation in enabling, sustaining, and promoting Christian mission in India, at the same time showing the "ancient Indian church's" struggle with modern missions. …