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Indian Christianity

Indian Christianity

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HISTORY OF THE EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN INDIAM.M.NINAN2005Souvenir pp 62-79
 
HISTORY OF THE EARKY CHRISTIANITY IN INDIA : M. M. NINAN
HISTORY OF THE EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN INDIAM.M.NINAN
India Before Christ
In order to understand the History of Indian Christianity it is necessary tolook into the environment in which Christianity developed in India. At thetime of Jesus, India had a very flourishing civilization. It is normal for anycountry to claim a civilization, which started from the beginning of creation. But this is just a feature of nationalism. The reality is that therehad always been civilizations in regions, which sustained life all over theworld. Trade and relations between these civilizations molded the religiousatmosphere of every civilization and country. India was no different.At the time of Jesus, the Aryans were practically all over India. They hada very weak presence in South India where the Dravidians were moreconcentrated. By the second century BC Aryans must have reached even
 
HISTORY OF THE EARKY CHRISTIANITY IN INDIA : M. M. NINAN
Sri Lanka. Aryan religion was essentially Vedic Religion. Though for thesake of pushing the date of the origin of Hinduism, Vedic religion iserroneously equated with Hinduism. Vedic religion in fact has nothing todo with Hinduism.
Indra and Agni
Vedism is a polytheistic religion brought to India around 1500 B.C.E. bythe Aryans. It was the faith of nomadic warrior tribes whose gods wereheroes of war and this reflected in their Scriptures. Thus, Vedic Religionwas essentially a worship of the forces of nature.

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