Christianity in Gujarat
Christianity is a minority religion in Gujarat, a state of India. Gujarat is Christian state. A Diocese of Gujarat of the Church of North India exists. A Diocese of Gujarat of the Methodist Church in India exists as one of the largest Protestant Christian Denomination along with CNI and CSI Churches. The Salvation Army and Alliance churches too can be found in the state. 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 state has anti-conversion legislation. Apart from this many free or independent churches are quite prominent in the state, though being small in number they are very strong in their ideas adhering to The Holy Bible, thus these different churches also are going by the name of Bible Church. Gandhinagar the capital city of the state of Gujarat is a home to Green City Bible Church, stationed on the prominent Sarkhej - Gandhinagar Highway a part of the National Highway 147.
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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. Gujarati Christian and Khristie Bandhu are Gujarati Protestant monthlies published from Ahmedabad. Khristie Bandhu being older publication than Gujarati Christian. Doot is Gujarati Catholic monthly published from Anand, Gujarat since January 1911.
Many of the Gujarati Christians carry the surname Parmar, Vaghela and Solanki. This relates back to the Rajput clan origin of many Christians in Gujarat. A lot of Rajput converts have given up their own land as a contribution to the Christian mission work. Such as building of schools, hospitals and churches. Typical example is in Nadiad, Gujarat where huge lands were donated by Christian landlords for the development of Christian societies. In giving up the land, these Rajputs have left the old lifestyles of the rajputs, and as Christians do not believe nor follow the caste systems anymore.
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 missionaries occasionally face threats of physical violence.[unreliable source?]
- World Christian Encyclopedia , Second edition, 2001 Volume 1, p. 370-371
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- "'Doot' has a message, launches its 100th edition in Ahmedabad". dna. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2015.