Book: “Strong Religion, Zealous Media”; Author: Pradip Ninan Thomas; Publisher: Sage Publications; Pages: 207
The book is a result of a two-year study done in Chennai by Pradip Ninan Thomas, an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland, and naturally an academic point of view.
“(It was) inspired by a comment about conversions and riots in Gujarat by the historian William Dalrymple in an article several years ago,” Thomas told IANS.
“It suddenly opened my eyes to the fundamentalism that is getting entrenched in Christianity across the world, in Brazil, (South) Korea, Africa and also in India.”
One of the reasons why Thomas took up the study of modern-day Christian fundamentalism in Tamil Nadu is because as many as 62 million people in the southern state follow the religion.
“Chennai is today considered the fastest-growing hub of Christianity in South Asia,” he says.