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date: 02 July 2020

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The introduction to Part III discusses the importance of religion in both urban and rural settings, and in culture as a whole and individually as a deep psychical state. Throughout its history, Asian Christianity has sometimes shown continuity and, at times, a departure from Christianity in the West since the nineteenth century. It has been the point of contact for migrating people; on the one hand, missionaries from the West relocated to Asia to set up ministries and attend to social commitments; on the other, Christians from Asia studied abroad to join the mission. This resulted in a convergence of Christians across regions that brought about hybrid communities—from conservative evangelicalism to New Age spirituality. The Asian Christian’s search for an identity is discussed in later sections.

Keywords: religion, deep psychical state, migrating people, convergence, hybrid communities, conservative evangelicalism, New Age spirituality

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