n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Mission at and from the margins: Patterns, protagonists and perspectives, P. Jesudason, R. Rajkumar, J.P. Dayam & I.P. Asheervadham (Eds.) : book review

Volume 41, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book touches on one of the most sensitive and delicate issues faced by Christians in India and further afield - a problem which has deep and historically penetrating negative impact on Christian mission - the case of the Dalits (formerly and erroneously known as 'untouchables'). Here Christianity is at the mercy of cultural history in the sense that it normally operates from a position of power within a receptive culture and objectifies the indigenous people whose identity is considered defective. Study of the mission to the Dalit communities offers new perspectives on the forces that cause marginalisation for here is a community whose right to exist and to be treated as human beings is challenged.

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