Ponniah, “In Continuity with the Past”

Ponniah, James. 2016. In Continuity with the Past: Indigenous Environmentalism and Indian Christian Visitors of Flora. Journal of Global Catholicism 1(1): 35-54.

Abstract: This article considers whether Indian Christianity can be said to have a distinctive ecological vision. The first two parts of the article examine Christian environmentalism in two native forms of Indian Christianity: Tamil Christianity and Tribal Christianity. Continuing with the theme of conformity to the local culture—though of the elite—the third part of the article investigates how Christian Ashrams function as dynamic centers for ecological praxis. The last part of the article considers how contemporary Indian Christian communities can respond to the ecological challenges confronting them.