Christianity in India: a short bibliography

A friend asked what books I have in my library on this topic.  It turns out I have one or two.  For any others interested in Indian Christianity, ancient or contemporary or in between, I’m posting the list here as well.

Appasamy, A. J. The Gospel and India’s Heritage. SPCK, 1942.

Barpujari, H. K. American Missionaries and North-East India (1836-1900 A.D.). Spectrum Publications, 1985.

Boyd, Robin H. S. Beyond Captivity: Explorations in Indian Christian History and TheologyStudies in the Gospel Interface with Indian Contexts. Bangalore, India: Centre for Contemporary Christianity, 2014.

Boyd, Robin H. S. India and the Latin Captivity of the Church. Scottish Journal of Theology Monograph Supplement. Cambridge University Press, 1974.

Boyd, Robin H. S. An Introduction to Indian Christian Theology. ISPCK, 1994.

Brown, Laurence E. The Indian Christians of St Thomas: an Account of the Ancient Syrian Church of Malabar. University Press, 1956.

Carman, John B. and Chilkuri Vasantha Rao. Christians in South Indian Villages, 1959-2009: decline and revival in Telangana. Studies in the History of Christian Missions. Eerdmans, 2014.

Carmichael, Amy. Things as They Are: Mission Work in Southern India. Morgan and Scott, 1905.

Collins, Paul M. Christian Inculturation in India. Liturgy, Worship and Society. Ashgate, 2007.

Cornille, Catherine. The Guru in Indian Catholicism: Ambiguity or Opportunity of Inculturation? Louvain Theological & Pastoral Monographs 6. Eerdmans, 1991.

Downs, Frederick S. History of Christianity in India; vol. V., part 5: North-East India in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Church History Association of India, 1992.

Downs, Frederick S. Essays on Christianity in North-East India. NEHU History Series 4. Indus Publications, 1994.

Farquhar, J. [John] N. The Crown of Hinduism. 1913. (A number of editions have been republished since by multiple publishers, as recently as 2015.)

Frykenberg, Robert Eric. Christianity in India: From Beginnings to the Present. Oxford History of the Christian Church. Ed. Henry and Owen Chadwick. Oxford University Press, 2008.

*Gillman, Ian & Hans-Joachim Klimkeit. Christians in Asia Before 1500. The University of Michigan Press, 1999. (republished by Routledge)

Gnanakan, Ken.  Proclaiming Christ in a Pluralist Context.  Bangalore [Bengaluru]:  Theological Book Trust, 2002.

Grafe, Hugald. History of Christianity in India; vol. IV., part 2: Tamilnadu in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Church History Association of India, 1990.

Griffiths, Bede. Christ in India: Essays towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue. Temple Gate Publishers, 1984.

Hedlund, Roger E. Christianity Made in India: From Apostle Thomas to Mother Theresa. South Asian Theology. Fortress Press, 2017.

Hedlund, Roger E. God and the Nations: A Biblical Theology of Mission in the Asian Context. Delhi: ISPCK, 1997.

Hedlund, Roger E. Indian Christianity: An Alternate Reading. CCPRA Publication Series 6. New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2016.

Hedlund, Roger E. Quest For Identity: India’s Churches Of Indigenous Origin: The ‘Little Tradition’ in Indian Christianity. Indigenous Christianity. ISPCK, 2000.

Hedlund, Roger E., Sebastian Kim, and Rajkumar Boaz Johnson, eds. Indian & Christian: The Life and Legacy of Pandita Ramabai. Pune, India: Mylapore Institute for Indigenous Studies, 2011.

James, Woba. History of Christianity in India: A Reader. New Delhi: Christian World Imprints, 2019.

Jones, E. Stanley. Christ and Human Suffering. Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1933.

Jones, E. Stanley. The Christ of the Indian Road. Grosslap & Dunlap, 1925.

Kavunkal, Jacob & F. Hrangkhuma. Christ and Cultures. FOIM Series 2. The Bombay St. Paul Society, 1994.

Kent, Eliza F. Converting Women: Gender and Protestant Christianity in Colonial South India. Oxford University Press, 2004.

*Kim, Sebastian C. H., ed. Christian Theology in Asia. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Lal, Shyam. Tribals & Christian Missionaries. Manak Publications, 1994. (focuses on North East India)

Mattam, Joseph & Sebastian Kim, eds. Dimensions of Mission in India. FOIM III. Crossroad, 1995.

*Moffett, Samuel Hugh. A History of Christianity in Asia; vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500. Orbis Books, 1998.

Mundadan, A. M. History of Christianity in India; vol. I.: From the Beginning up to the middle of the sixteenth century. Church History Association of India, 1989.

Neill, Stephen. A History of Christianity in India: 1707-1858. Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Neill, Stephen. A History of Christianity in India: The Beginnings to AD 1707. Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Ngursangzeli, Marina and Michael Biehl, eds. Witnessing to Christ In North-East India. Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series 31. Regnum, 2016.

de Nobili, Roberto. Preaching Wisdom to the Wise: Three Treatises by Roberto de Nobili, S.J., Missionary and Scholar in 17th Century India. Trans. and Introduced by Anand Amaladass and Francis X. Clooney. Jesuit Primary Resources in English Translation series 1, vol. 19. The Institute of Jesuit Resources, 2000.

Pachuau, Lalsangkima. Indian and Christian: Historical Accounts of Christianity and Theological Reflections in India. Delhi: ISPCK, 2019.

Raj, Selva J. and Corinne G. Dempsey, eds. Popular Christianity in India: Riting Between the Lines. SUNY Press, 2002.

Ramachandra, Vinoth. The Recovery of Mission: Beyond the Pluralist Paradigm. Eerdmans, 1996.

Rao, O. M. Focus on North East Indian Christianity. 1994.

Satyavrata, Ivan.  Pentecostals and the Poor:  Reflections from the Indian Context.  APTS Press Occasional Papers 1.  Wipf & Stock, 2017.

Siddheswarananda. Hindu Thought and Carmelite Mysticism. Motilal Banarsidass, 1998.

Shah, Rebecca Samuel and Joel A. Carpenter, eds.  Christianity in India: Conversion, Community Development, and Religious Freedom.  Fortress Press, 2018.

Singh, Sadhu Sundar. Reality and Religion. MacMillan, 1927.

Singh, Surjit. Christology and Personality. Westminster Press, 1961.

Sugirtharajah, R. S. & Cecil Hargreaves, eds. Readings in Indian Christian Theology. ISPCK Study Guide 29. ISPCK, 1993.

Sumithra, Sunand. Christian Theology from an Indian Perspective.  Bangalore [Bengaluru]:  Theological Book Trust, 1990.

*Sunquist, Scott W., ed. A Dictionary of Asian Christianity. Trinity Press International, 2001.

*Sunquist, Scott W. Explorations in Asian Christianity: History, Theology, and Mission. Missiological Engagements. IVP Academic, 2017.

Tennent, Timothy C. Building Christianity on Indian Foundations: The Legacy of Brahmabāndhav Upādhyāy.  Delhi:  ISPCK, 2000.

Thangaraj, M. Thomas. The Crucified Guru: An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Christology. Abingdon Press, 1994.

Thanzauva, K. Theology of Community: Tribal Theology in the Making. Mizo Theological Conference, 1997. (focuses on North East India)

Thekkedath, Joseph. History of Christianity in India; vol. II: From the Middle of the Sixteenth Century to the End of the Seventeenth Century. Church History Association of India, 1988.

Thomas, M. M. The Acknowledged Christ of the Indian Renaissance. S. C. M. Press, 1969.
(The author’s fuller name is Madathilparampil M. Thomas.)


Vanchipurackal, George. Why the Missions? A Study on the Necessity of Evangelism. 2nd ed. Claretian Publications, 1989.

Varikoti-Jetty, Santha Kumari.   Christian Missions and Conversion among the Depressed Castes of India:  A Sociological and Anthropological Study of Pre and Post Independence Period.  Delhi:  Christian World Imprints, 2019.

Young, Richard Fox, ed. India and the Indianness of Christianity: Essays on Understanding — Historical, Theological, and Bibliographical — in Honor of Robert Eric Frykenberg. Studies in the History of Christian Missions. Eerdmans, 2009.

*Volumes about Asian Christianity more generally, but with chapters or articles specific to India.