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Ethnic Church Meets MegachurchIndian American Christianity in Motion$
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Prema A. Kurien

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804757

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804757.001.0001

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Indian American Christianity in Motion

(p.1) Introduction
Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch

Prema A. Kurien

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the differences in the models of Christianity embraced by first- and second-generation Indian Americans, and the influence of American evangelicalism and megachurches on the second generation. It examines the struggles and dilemmas of Mar Thoma Christians in the process of establishing themselves and their church in the North American context. Theoretical frameworks of religion in motion and religion and immigrant incorporation which are used in the book are explained. The chapter also provides a quick background to the Mar Thoma church and its history, as well as the global out-migration from Kerala state in India. The multisited research design is described. It concludes with an overview of the plan of the book and brief chapter summaries.

Keywords:   Indian American Christianity, second-generation Indian Americans, religion in motion, religion and immigrant incorporation, Kerala state, models of Christianity, global outmigration from Kerala

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