Kresta in the Afternoon – September 28, 2020 – Hour 2

+  What are the Real Causes of Anti-Christian Violence in India?

  • Description: In India, Hinduism and national identity are closely intertwined. The country ranks among the worst in the world for anti-Christian persecution. But does is religion the cause of the violence, and does it cause more conflict than other social identities? We'll talk with Chad Bauman.
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    • Chad Bauman
      Chad M. Bauman is Professor of Religion at Butler University. He is the author most recently of Anti-Christian Violence in India, as well as Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India. He's the co-editor of Constructing Indian Christianities. Follow him on Twitter @dharmabaum.
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    • Anti-Christian Violence in India

      Does religion cause violent conflict, asks Chad M. Bauman, and if so, does it cause conflict more than other social identities? Through an extended history of Christian-Hindu relations, with particular attention to the 2007–2008 riots in Kandhamal, Odisha, Anti-Christian Violence in India examines religious violence and how it pertains to broader aspects of humanity. Is "religious" conflict sui generis, or is it merely one species of intergroup conflict? Why and how might violence become an attractive option for religious actors? What explains the increase in religious violence over the last twenty to thirty years? Integrating theories of anti-Christian violence focused on politics, economics, and proselytization, Anti-Christian Violence in India additionally weaves in recent theory about globalization and, in particular, the forms of resistance against Western secular modernity that globalization periodically helps to provoke. With such theories in mind, Bauman explores the nature of anti-Christian violence in India, contending that resistance to secular modernities is, in fact, an important but often overlooked reason behind Hindu attacks on Christians. Intensifying the widespread Hindu tendency to think of religion in ethnic rather than universal terms, the ideology of Hindutva, or "Hinduness," explicitly rejects both the secular privatization of religion and the separability of religions from the communities that incubate them. And so, with provocative and original analysis, Bauman questions whether anti-Christian violence in contemporary India is really about religion, in the narrowest sense, or rather a manifestation of broader concerns among some Hindus about the Western sociopolitical order with which they associate global Christianity. (learn more)

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+  New Guild Examines Possible Sainthood for Fr Gabriel Richard

  • Description: Fr. Gabriel Richard was described as many things — a pastor, a builder, a pioneer, a missionary, a statesman and an educator, among others. For such an accomplished man, remarkably little is known about him. But now a guild has been formed to explore his candidacy for canonization. Danielle Center gives us a look at his life.
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    • Danielle Center
      Danielle Center is a former Program Director at the Basically of Ste Anne de Detroit, the site of Fr. Gabriel Richard's tomb.
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