A Historical Perspective

  • Francis Thonippara Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)
Keywords: CHRISTIAN MOVEMENTS, Historical, Perspective


The Christian religion is the presence of the Incarnate Word in the
world. Jesus Christ preached the Kingdom values and in the
establishment of this new Kingdom he had challenged and
questioned the existing social order and religious structures. This
radicality, novelty and spontaneity of the Christian religion are
partially lost in the course of time when the Church got established
and got institutionalized. Although there are exceptions, many of the
movements in the Church throughout the history of her existence are
responses to the challenges of going back to the original spirit of the
Gospel. New expressions and new modes of living of Christian life in
the Church are generally viewed as the active and vibrant presence of
the Holy Spirit in the Church aiming to improve the quality of her
inner life. The individuals who are inspired by the Holy Spirit or who
claim to be specially gifted by the Holy Spirit, are the exponents of
the movements and it is the duty of the ecclesiastical authorities to
assess the movements and approve or disapprove them.

Author Biography

Francis Thonippara, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)

Dr Francis Thonippara, CMI, is the President of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram
(DVK), Bangalore and professor of Church History. He had his licentiate and
doctoral studies in Church History at the Gregorian University, Rome and Diploma
studies in Archival Science at the Vatican Archives. His publications include St
Thomas Christians of India: A Period of Struggle for Unity and Self Rule (1775-1787) and
numerous scholarly articles. He is the President of the Church History Association of
India (Southern Branch) and a member of the Indian History Congress and the
Kerala History Congress. He is visiting professor in many theological institutes in
India, a member of the Syllabus Committee of the Serampore College and a member
of the Screening Committee for the doctoral programme of the United Theological
College, Bangalore.


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Williston Walker, A History of the Christian Church, 4th Edition, New York: T & T Clark, Ltd, 1997.

Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol.VI, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1989.

How to Cite
Thonippara, F. (2010). CHRISTIAN MOVEMENTS. Asian Horizons, 4(02), 327-338. Retrieved from