Christianity in Gujarat

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St Paul's Church, Diu

Christianity is a minority religion in Gujarat, a state of India. Hindus form the majority in the state. A Diocese of Gujarat of the Church of North India exists. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ahmedabad, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baroda, the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Rajkot and the Orthodox Diocese of Ahmedabad have their seat in the state. The Indian National Full Gospel Churches Federation of India is present there.[1] There is a Christian proportion above average among those belonging to Scheduled Tribes.[2] The state has anti-conversion legislation.[3]


Conflict[edit]

Christian's have time and again been attacked by the right wing activists. The acts of violence include arson of churches & burning of bibles. Christian missonaries occasionally face threats of physical violence. [4]

Missionary history[edit]

Missionaries included John Taylor M. D. (d. 1821), Joseph Taylor (d. 1852), his son J. V. S. Taylor (d. 1881) the translator of the Gujarati Bible "Old Version" (1861, rev. 1899), and his grandson George Pritchard Taylor (b. 1854) author of a Gujarati grammar. Missionaries established schools in the first half of the 20th century.[5]


References[edit]

  1. ^ World Christian Encyclopedia , Second edition, 2001 Volume 1, p. 370-371
  2. ^ von Eric Töpfer (2005-01-01). "Gujarat". suedasien.info. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Indiase deelstaat verbiedt bekering - Kerknieuws - Kerk & Religie". Refdag.nl. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  4. ^ http://www.indowindow.com/sad/article.php?child=27&article=23
  5. ^ http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/138/1/WRAP_Hardiman_9971617-050208-Christianity_and_Adivasis_2.pdf