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Dr David Singh

 

Dr David Singh participated in his second IJAC International symposium on ‘Interdisciplinary Research on Asian Christianities’. The symposium took place in Chennai (Madras) from 7-10 January (including travel in and out). Unlike last year when the International Journal of Asian Christianity (IJAC, a Brill Journal) was officially released under the auspices of the Department of Christian Studies of the University of Madras, the symposium this year took place at a resort and away from campus. It featured nineteen research papers by internationally renowned scholars on the theme of interdisciplinary research on Asian Christianities. The papers presented here are expected to be developed for the peer review process leading to their possible publication in the forthcoming issues of IJAC. David presented his second paper (the first paper was published in IJAC [1] 2, 2018, 198-224) based on a 19th century primary source, kulliyat-e arya musafir. He highlighted the two-fold strategy adopted by a leading Hindu reformer towards persuading Indian Christians to reconvert to Hinduism; this reflects similar movements under the BJP today: i. critique of Christian missionaries/Christianity (building on the previous paper) and importantly also a proposal for the ii. reformation of Hinduism for those reconsidering reconversion. There is much that missiologist and Christian professionals can learn from these ongoing researches on Christianity done by scholars from across the world using a diverse set of methodologies often absent in the existing missiological discourse.

 

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