This volume documents the ethnographies of regionally distinct Dalit and tribal Christian communities, raising new arguments pertaining to the autonomy and distinct identity of these communities in adverse social set-ups.

Stressing upon the plurality of identities, the essays reject the idea of determining these exclusively on the basis of religion. They also chart the multiple levels of marginality experienced by both Dalit and tribal Christians and analyze how these groups negotiate their former religious faith and practices with Christianity.

The book is a response to the urgent need for such studies in social science writings brought to the fore by contemporary political challenges and struggles facing these communities in various parts of India.

Varieties of Dalit Christianity in North India

Varieties of Dalit Christianity in North India

Varieties of Dalit Christianity in north India
John C. B.Webster


This chapter is based on three important assumptions. The first is that Christianity as a religion is shaped not just by its founder, its scriptures and traditions, but also by the social groups which have embraced it. Down through its history and across the globe Christianity has been an embodied religion. Just as it believes that Jesus as a person shaped the ways in which God's grace and truth have been transmitted to the world, so too the particular sociology and culture of Christian communities have shaped the ways in which the Christian message has been experienced, understood and mediated to the wider society since then.

The second assumption is that ...

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