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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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Coupling versus Decoupling Religion and Ethnicity in the First and Second Generations

Coupling versus Decoupling Religion and Ethnicity in the First and Second Generations

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(p.108) 3 Coupling versus Decoupling Religion and Ethnicity in the First and Second Generations
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Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch
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Prema A. Kurien

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479804757.003.0004

First- and second-generation Mar Thoma Americans had very different understandings about the meaning of being Christian. Religion and ethnicity also played different roles in their lives. Chapter 3 focuses particularly on the intergenerational cleavages that developed due to the divergent models of religion that the two generations espouse. The different models of religion meant that immigrants and their children had very different ideas about the role of the church, Christian worship, and evangelism, with the result that the two groups were often at odds both in the church and at home on the subject of religion. This chapter examines some of these differences and their implications for the Mar Thoma church.

Keywords:   meaning of being Christian, divergent models of religion, religion and ethnicity, first-generation Mar Thoma Americans, second-generation Mar Thoma Americans

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