Fortress Press

Understanding World Christianity: India

Each volume of the Understanding World Christianity series analyzes the state of Christianity from six different angles. The focus is always Christianity, but it is approached in an interdisciplinary manner—chronological, denominational, sociopolitical, geographical, biographical, and theological.

Short, engaging chapters help readers understand the complexity of Christianity in the region and broaden their understanding of the region itself. Readers will understand the interplay of Christianity and culture, and will see how geography, borders, economics, and other factors influence Christian faith.

In this exciting volume, Dyron B. Daughrity and Jesudas M. Athyal offer an introduction to Indian Christianity that has been desperately needed by scholars, students, and interested readers alike. Rich in experience and knowledge, Daughrity and Athyal introduce readers to the vibrancy of Indian Christianity like no other authors have done before.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451476668
  • eBook ISBN 9781506416892
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 330
  • Publication Date August 1, 2016


1. Chronological
2. Denominational
3. Sociocultural
4. Geographical
5. Biographical
6. Theological


"As our appreciation of worldwide Christianity has grown so rapidly in recent years, India occupies a special place in the story. Not only is the Christian community there very large—at least forty million strong—but Indian Christians have centuries of experience of engaging in fruitful conversations with other world faiths. I welcome this clear and thoroughly researched volume by Dyron B. Daughrity and Jesudas M. Athyal, who provide such a user-friendly account of the Christian faith in this vital country."

Philip Jenkins | Baylor University

"This volume recaptures contemporary expressions of Christianity in India and presents them in an accurate, clear, and critical manner."

Daniel Jeyaraj | Liverpool Hope University

"The story of Christianity in India is much older and more complex than one might imagine. All  the major branches of Christianity are present: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and Pentecostal, and each has made a profound contribution to society and culture in India. At a time when Hindu nationalists say that Christianity is a foreign imposition, it is hugely important to know of Indian Christianity's ancient origins and the ways in which Indian people have made the faith their own. This book, then, is very timely and welcome."

Joel Carpenter | Calvin College