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Christian Interculture

Texts and Voices from Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

Edited by Arun W. Jones

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260 pages
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2021

World Christianity

Christian Interculture

Texts and Voices from Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

Edited by Arun W. Jones

“Breaking new ground in the study of Christian historiography beyond its Eurocentric underpinnings to encompass the diverse but hitherto overlooked Christian historiographies across the Majority World, Christian Interculture draws attention to the ignored and often suppressed endeavors by indigenous Christians to define Christianity in their own voices beyond the colonial expressions that were imposed on them, with important intercultural and interreligious implications for shaping the emergent historiographies of World Christianities.”

 

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Despite the remarkable growth of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the twentieth century, there is a dearth of primary material produced by these Christians. This volume explores the problem of writing the history of indigenous Christian communities in the Global South.

Many such indigenous Christian groups pass along knowledge orally, and colonial forces have often not deemed their ideas and activities worth preserving. In some instances, documentation from these communities has been destroyed by people or nature. Highlighting the creative solutions that historians have found to this problem, the essays in this volume detail the strategies employed in discerning the perspectives, ideas, activities, motives, and agency of indigenous Christians. The contributors approach the problem on a case-by-case basis, acknowledging the impact of diverse geographical, cultural, political, and ecclesiastical factors.

This volume will inspire historians of World Christianity to critically interrogate—and imaginatively use—existing Western and indigenous documentary material in writing the history of Christianity in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania.

In addition to the editor, the contributors to this volume include J. J. Carney, Adrian Hermann, Paul Kollman, Kenneth Mills, Esther Mombo, Mrinalini Sebastian, Christopher Vecsey, Haruko Nawata Ward, and Yanna Yannakakis.

“Breaking new ground in the study of Christian historiography beyond its Eurocentric underpinnings to encompass the diverse but hitherto overlooked Christian historiographies across the Majority World, Christian Interculture draws attention to the ignored and often suppressed endeavors by indigenous Christians to define Christianity in their own voices beyond the colonial expressions that were imposed on them, with important intercultural and interreligious implications for shaping the emergent historiographies of World Christianities.”

Arun W. Jones is Associate Professor of World Evangelism and Director of the Master of Theology Program at Emory University. He is the author of Missionary Christianity and Local Religion: American Evangelicalism in North India, 1836–1870, and Christian Missions in the American Empire: Episcopalians in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, 1902–1946.

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Arun W. Jones

Methodological Reflections

Chapter 1 Beyond Troublemakers and Collaborators: Historical Research into Newly

Evangelized African Catholics

Paul Kollman

Chapter 2 Completing the Line of Communication: On Hearing the Voice of the “Native Christian”

Mrinalini Sebastian

Chapter 3 In Search of the Women in the Archival Sources: The Case of Maria Maraga

Esther Mombo

Early Colonial Catholicism

Chapter 4 In Search of Kirishitan Women Martyrs’ Voices in the Early Modern Jesuit Mission Literature in Japan

Haruko Nawata Ward

Chapter 5 Native Christianity and Communal Justice in Colonial Mexico: An Ambivalent History

Yanna Yannakakis

Chapter 6 Ocaña’s Mondragón in the “Eighth Wonder of the World”

Kenneth Mills

Christian Nationalism

Chapter 7 They Talk. We Listen? Native American Christians in Speech and on Paper

Christopher Vecsey

Chapter 8 Native Christians Writing Back? The Periodicals of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in the Early Twentieth-Century Philippines

Adrian Hermann

Chapter 9 “For You, Most Reverend Father, and for Our Archives”: Recovering the Voice of Bishop Aloys Bigirumwami in Late Colonial Rwanda

J. J. Carney

Conclusion

Arun W. Jones

List of Contributors

Index

Methodological Reflections

Chapter 1 Beyond Troublemakers and Collaborators: Historical Research into Newly

Evangelized African Catholics

Paul Kollman

Chapter 2 Completing the Line of Communication: On Hearing the Voice of the “Native Christian”

Mrinalini Sebastian

Chapter 3 In Search of the Women in the Archival Sources: The Case of Maria Maraga

Esther Mombo

Early Colonial Catholicism

Chapter 4 In Search of Kirishitan Women Martyrs’ Voices in the Early Modern Jesuit Mission Literature in Japan

Haruko Nawata Ward

Chapter 5 Native Christianity and Communal Justice in Colonial Mexico: An Ambivalent History

Yanna Yannakakis

Chapter 6 Ocaña’s Mondragón in the “Eighth Wonder of the World”

Kenneth Mills

Christian Nationalism

Chapter 7 They Talk. We Listen? Native American Christians in Speech and on Paper

Christopher Vecsey

Chapter 8 Native Christians Writing Back? The Periodicals of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in the Early Twentieth-Century Philippines

Adrian Hermann

Chapter 9 “For You, Most Reverend Father, and for Our Archives”: Recovering the Voice of Bishop Aloys Bigirumwami in Late Colonial Rwanda

J. J. Carney

Conclusion

Arun W. Jones

List of Contributors

Index

Download a PDF sample chapter here: Introduction