The Indian Church Opening to the World

  • Michael Amaladoss S.J.
Part of the Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue book series (PEID)


For Christians in India, the Church’s opening to their world began with Roberto de Nobili in the seventeenth century. The author describes post-conciliar developments and sets them against this long history of creative and beneficial reflections within India on the topic of culture. In 1969, an all-India seminar set the agenda for the implementation of the Second Vatican Council, seeing mission as a threefold dialogue of the Gospel with the poor, with cultures and with religions. Theological discussions continued in the 1970s and 1980s, including seminars on whether non-biblical scriptures could be considered inspired, whether and how the Church can engage in the struggle for a new society, and whether and how far Christians can share worship with other religions. The article charts just some of key theological developments in India vis-à-vis culture and other religions, concluding with a plea for collaboration with all people of good will and greater acceptance of the reflections of the Indian faithful on these matters.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Amaladoss S.J.
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  1. 1.Jesuit Residence, Loyola CollegeChennaiIndia

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