Author: T K Oommen & Hunter P Marby
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761994181
This two volume study constitutes the most comprehensive account of the formation of the Christian Clergy in India.
The result of detailed research by a team of social scientists spread over many years, it has a number of unique features. The study present, for the first time, a third world perspective; it is based on in-depth empirical data drawn from a broad range of sources including first-hand interviews; and it provides a comparative and critical analysis.
Part 1 of the first volume begins with an overview of Christianity in India and goes on to examinee various aspects of the Christian Clergy. This includes demographic profile, family background, social status, occupational careers, women in the church and colleges and congregations. Part II goes on to consider the social roles which members of the clergy are expected to fulfill. The aspects covered include training, motivation, commitment, role images, preferences and performance, and relations with the wider community.
Rectifying erroneous interpretations of history and setting the record straight about a much misunderstood community, this two volume study will greatly assist the layman to understand how a minority faith functions in the context of religious pluralism.
T K Oommen is Professor of Sociology at the Center for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Hunter P Mabryu is Visiting Professor at the United Theological College, Bangalore.