Book Review: “Neat, orderly Western Pigeon holes”

THE BROTHERS: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer (New York: Times Books, 2013). As Donald Trump, against all odds, came to power in the United States, George Orwell’s classic book Nineteen Eight-Four with its warning and wisdom on political power has overnight become a best seller. Another book…

Book Review: Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks

Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks by William Novak  (Touchstone, 2016) We generally do not mix jokes with old age, sickness, loss of memory, death and afterlife. Think again, says William Novak who has compiled jokes on these very same topics that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Growing old has…

Book Review: Pluralism and Democracy in India: Debating the Hindu Right

Pluralism and Democracy in India: Debating the Hindu Right Edited by Wendy Doniger and Martha C. Nussbaum (Oxford University Press, 2015) In recent decades and particularly following the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, there has been a lively debate on how the Hindu Right (or Sangh Parivar) has been changing India’s political landscape and,…

Book Review: Boundless Faith

Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches. By Robert Wuthnow, University of California Press. 2009. Pages: 345+xi. As the “first book to look systematically at American Christianity in relation to globalization”, Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches breaks new ground in the area of religion – state – society relations. The basic rationale…

Review Article: The Impact of International Migration on Home Churches

The Impact of International Migration on Home Churches: The Mar Thoma Syrian Christian Church in India (Article by Prema Kurien in, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 2014. 53(1):109–129)   Prema Kurien’s article, “The Impact of International Migration on Home Churches: The Mar Thoma Syrian Christian Church in India” makes an important contribution to…

Book Review: McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel and Om Economics

McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel and Om Economics: Televangelism in Contemporary India. By Jonathan D. James. New Delhi, India: Sage Publications, 2010. Pp. xxvii, 232. Indian Rupees 595. This book is set in the broad context of “the changing shape and form of Christian ministry” in the Indian Church. The author Jonathan D. James is convinced that…

Book Review: Strong Religion, Zealous Media

Strong Religion, Zealous Media: Christian Fundamentalism and Communication in India By Pradip Ninan Thomas (SAGE Publications: Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, 2008, pp. xvii+207) Pradip Thomas’ recent book, Strong Religion, Zealous Media: Christian Fundamentalism and Communication in India needs to be seen in the context of the current interest in academic circles in ‘public…

Book Review: Churching the Diaspora, Discipling the Families

Churching the Diaspora, Discipling the Families By Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius; Published by CSS, Tiruvalla, 2013 After scholars and creative persons become bishops, they seldom have the time or energy to read, let alone write, books. Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius is, obviously, an exception to this rule. Though his diocese spreads…

Book Review: Making Anew My Home

Making Anew My Home By Mathew Zachariah (FriesenPress, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2013) Pages: 226+xii It is rarely that a book is at once an account of the religion and culture of a traditional community in India as it is an introduction to the cosmopolitan academic life of North America. This book is in part autobiography,…

Book Review: My Search for my Great Grandfather

My Search for my Great Grandfather: The Venerable Oommen Mamen Archdeacon of Mavelikara of the CMS (Church Missionary Society) Anglican Church of India (1830-1904). By Mathew Zachariah, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Pages 39+xi. Privately published, 2010. Rarely do we come across a privately published book that has such…