‘Both Truly Christian and Truly Indian:’ A 20th century example of Indianized Christianity in the visions of E. Stanley Jones1

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Nadya Pohran

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Sat Tal Christian ashram, located in Northern India and founded by the American Methodist missionary Dr. E. Stanley Jones in 1930, is one of the few Protestant Christian ashrams still active in India today. This article narrates the history of Sat Tal Christian ashram (henceforth STA) and explores some of its original founding visions articulated in 1930 by Jones in a piece of writing called ‘Ashram Ideals’ (Jones 2006: 347-349). The Ashram Ideals included that: (1) it would be a miniature kingdom of God; (2) people would not simply seek answers but would also be an answer through the ways they lived their lives; (3) individuals from multiple faiths could share in spiritual community together; (4) all who sincerely desire God would be welcome there; and (5) it would be “both truly Christian and truly Indian.” I engage with each of these visions more thoroughly in my doctoral thesis; here, I focus primarily on the fifth. Specifically, I seek to better understand precisely what Jones meant by truly Christian and truly Indian, and I articulate some of the external factors which influenced him in these regards 

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Pohran, N. (2019). ‘Both Truly Christian and Truly Indian:’ A 20th century example of Indianized Christianity in the visions of E. Stanley Jones1. International Journal for Indian Studies, 4(2), 61-82. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/Nidan/article/view/1457
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Nadya Pohran, University of Cambridge

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