To Fulfil, Not to Destroy
Christ as the Fulfilment of Hindu Religious Experience in Indian Christian Theology
Ivan M. Satyavrata
In today’s globalized world as we struggle desperately for social harmony amidst growing religious fundamentalism and militancy, Christians convinced of Christ’s universal relevance are often hard-pressed to find a way to communicate that relevance faithfully and respectfully. The term ‘fulfilment’ broadly characterizes a framework of engagement rooted in the New Testament, which emerges at various moments in the Church’s encounter with other faiths. This approach seeks to affirm Christ’s absolute and universal lordship while demonstrating sensitivity and respect for the religious experience of people of other faiths. This study presents a case for the revitalization of this fulfilment tradition based on a recovery and assessment of the fulfilment approaches of Hindu converts to Christ in pre-independence India.