Beyond Conversion and Syncretism: Indigenous Encounters with Missionary Christianity, 1800-2000

Beyond Conversion and Syncretism: Indigenous Encounters with Missionary Christianity, 1800-2000

By: David Lindenfeld (editor), Miles Richardson (editor)Hardback

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The globalization of Christianity, its spread and appeal to peoples of non-European origin, is by now a well-known phenomenon. Scholars increasingly realize the importance of natives rather than foreign missionaries in the process of evangelization. This volume contributes to the understanding of this process through case studies of encounters with Christianity from the perspectives of the indigenous peoples who converted. More importantly, by exploring overarching, general terms such as conversion and syncretism and by showing the variety of strategies and processes that actually take place, these studies lead to a more nuanced understanding of cross-cultural religious interactions in general - from acceptance to resistance - thus enriching the vocabulary of religious interaction. The contributors tackle these issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives - history, anthropology, religious studies - and present a broad geographical spread of cases from China, Vietnam, Australia, India, South and West Africa, North and Central America, and the Caribbean.

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David Lindenfeld is Professor of History at Louisiana State University. Trained as a Europeanist, he has published The Transformation of Positivism. Alexius Meinong and European Thought (U. of California Press, 1980), The Practical Imagination. The German Sciences of State in the Nineteenth Century (U. of Chicago Press, 1997), and co-edited with Suzanne Marchand Germany at the Fin de Siecle. Culture, Politics, and Ideas (LSU Press, 2004). He has taught world history since 1998 and has been researching a comparative study of indigenous encounters with missionary Christianity since 2002. Miles Richardson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. As a cultural anthropologist he did field work in Latin America and the American South for more than 40 years. His most recent book is Being-in-Christ and Putting Death in its Place: An Anthropologist's Account of Christian Performance in Spanish America and the American South (LSU Press, 2003). Since his retirement he has been retooling himself as a biological anthropologist and is currently working on a book tentatively titled Hominid Evolution: The Trajectory of You and Me, co-authored with Julia Hanebrink.

Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction. Beyond Conversion and Syncretism David Lindenfeld & Miles Richardson PART I. CONVERSION AND ITS COMPLEXITIES Chapter 1. Conversion, Translation, and Life-History in Colonial Central India Saurabh Dube Chapter 2. Conversion at the Boundaries of Religion, Identity, and Political Agendas in Pluricultural Guatemala C. Mathews Samson Chapter 3. Christian Soldiers, Christian Allies: Coercion and Conversion in Southern Africa and Northeastern America at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century Elizabeth Elbourne Chapter 4. Horton's Intellectualist TheoryA" of Conversion, Reflected on by a South Asianist Richard Fox Young PART II. SYNCRETISM AND ITS ALTERNATIVES Chapter 5. Santa Barbara Africana: Beyond Syncretism in Cuba Joseph Murphy Chapter 6. Inculturation, Mission, and Dialogue in Vietnam: The Conference of Representatives of the Four Religions Anh Q. Tran Chapter 7. Concentration of Spirituality: The Taiping and the Aladura Compared David Lindenfeld Chapter 8. Acculturation and Gendered Conversion: Afro-American Catholic Women in New Orleans, 1726-1884 Sylvia Frey Chapter 9. Colonial Constructs and Cross-Cultural Interaction: Comparing Missionary/Indigenous Encounters in Northwestern America and Eastern Australia Anne Keary Selected Bibliography Notes on Contributors

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  • publication date: 01/11/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780857452177
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780857452177
  • ISBN10: 0857452177

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