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Indian Christianity in Context

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Part of the book series: Encyclopedia of Indian Religions ((EIR))

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Christianity in India; CNI; Context of Christianity in India; CSI; Indian Christianity; Protestant Churches; Syrian Christian communities; Syro-Malankara


Indian Christianity consists of the Catholic Church – which is constituted by the three Rites (Latin, Syro-Malabar, and Syro-Malankara), Protestant Churches, Oriental and Syrian Orthodox Churches, and Pentecostal Churches (mainline and independent).

Origins and Development

Indian Christianity is feeling its feet through the challenges posed by the situation today. As per the 2011 Indian census, Christians in India constituted 2.34% of the then Indian population of 1.25 billion, which in absolute numbers was about 29.25 millions, and it superseded the total population of some European countries. Christians today are the second largest minority in India, after the Muslims. Their number has not shown any increase during the last two decennial censuses. While their presence in Southern and Northeastern States are...

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Patrick, G. (2023). Indian Christianity in Context. In: Chathanatt, J. (eds) Christianity. Encyclopedia of Indian Religions. Springer, Dordrecht.

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