Christianity was introduced to india by thomas the apostle, who visited kerala in 52 ad currently christianity is the third largest religion in india, after hinduism and islam, constituting around 23% of total indian population. Today in christian history (daily) a daily newsletter featuring the most important and significant events on each day in christian history christianity today connection (weekly) get the inside story with this official newsletter of the global media ministry. He retired as the president of the hindustan academy of engineering and applied sciences, affiliated to university of bangalore, india he was the first moderator of the international christian fellowship, sanaa, yemen and the co-founder of the sudan pentecostal church he has published over fifty books in history of religions, hinduism and theology. Christians form the third largest religious community in india how has this come about there are many studies of separate groups: but there has so far been no major history of the three large groups - roman catholic, protestant and thomas christians (syrians) this work attempts to meet the need for such a history.
Vailankanni is located on the shores of the southeastern indian state of tamil nadu, which is a bastion of both catholic and protestant christianity catholic missionaries planted churches there in the 16th century and pietists in the 18th. The surprisingly early history of christianity in india modern syrian christians of kerala believe that the apostle thomas visited in ad 52 to baptize their ancestors a modern baptismal rite takes place in the same paravur pond in which the apostle thomas reputedly baptized indian nobility in the first century.
Christians form the third largest religious community in india how has this come about there are many studies of separate groups: but there has so far been no major history of the three large groups - roman catholic, protestant and thomas christians (syrians. This is a comprehensive, single-volume history of christianity in india, which takes into account the beginnings of christianity and covers its present state the history of christian communities is presented as indocentric, where christianity is seen as indigenous and contextual to the various cultures of india. There has been no extensive work available providing the history of christianity in india at one place and whatever available of earlier annals of the indian churches and church history were scanty, and, hence, this all-time classic work which fills that gap. Indian christians have the highest ratio of women to men among the various religious communities in india christians are the second most educated religious group in india after jains christianity in india has different denominations.
Urban christians are to a greater extent influenced by european traditions which is considered an advantage in the business environment of urban india this is given as an explanation for the large number of christian professionals in india's corporate sector. Once european christianity had arrived, life was never the same again for kerala christians the community would be split, re-split, changed, reformed and reinvented but looking back, it seems clear that through the vicissitudes of history the community was moving ahead, not stumbling.
The saint thomas christians, also called syrian christians of india, nasrani or malankara nasrani or nasrani mappila, are an ethnoreligious community of malayali syriac christians from kerala, india, who trace their origins to the evangelistic activity of thomas the apostle in the 1st century. Indian christians have retained hindu customs and practices, and have combined hindu customs with christianity to achieve a unique brand of indian christianity for instance, many christians in india celebrate the hindu festival of diwali [13. The first single-volume history of india since the 1950s, combining narrative pace and skill with social, economic and cultural analysis five millennia of the sub-continent’s history are interpreted by one of our finest writers on india and the far east.
Christianity christianity is believed to have reached india soon after the crucifixion of jesus the history of indian christianity begins in 52 ad when st thomas is believed to have arrived in the country. History of the early christianity in india mmninan india before christ in order to understand the history of indian christianity it is necessary to look into the environment in which christianity developed in india.
This book, a sequel to bishop neill's a history of christianity in india: the beginnings to 1707, traces its subject from the death of aurunzib to the so-called indian mutiny the history of india since 1498 is of a tremendous confrontation of cultures and religions. Three main regional concentrations of christian population exist, namely in south india, on the konkan coast, and among tribal people in east, central, and north-east india with the southern state of kerala, contributing 25 percent of the total christian population in india.