Evangelism

The Armies of God: A Study in Militant Christianity by Iain Buchan. Citizens International, 2010, 400p.

The book looks at how some of the powerful evangelical outfits operate – often as US government proxies- in countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, and of course, India, and the disastrous effects this has had on the relationship between the Christian West and non-Christian cultures, religious communities and nations. He also unmasks the role played by the seemingly secular ‘success motivation’ industry, and its leadership gurus such as Zig Ziglar and Ken Blachard, who are not only management experts but also conscious agents of US-style Christian evangelism.http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/interview_evangelical-christianity-devils-in-high-places_1524855-all

Their Other “Dirty” Linen: Evangelism’s Quest to Conquer the World by S. R. Welch

Each year Americans contribute millions of dollars through corporate-giving campaigns and Sunday tithes to support the “faith-based” humanitarian work of overseas Christian missions. This work–feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving medicine to the sick–seems a worthy cause, an outwardly selfless endeavor unsullied by the salacious headlines and bitter disputes now roiling the life of the church at home. But Christendom’s missionaries bear their share of controversy. Though most private donors and corporate sponsors are unaware of it, overseas missions in certain parts of the world have long been embroiled in scandals involving allegations of predatory behavior towards the vulnerable. Though the largely poor and illiterate victims have complained loudly for decades, their allegations involve no sexual misconduct and thus garner few headlines in the West. Their outrage, vented from halfway across the globe, rarely reaches English-language media at all. http://www.infidels.org/kiosk/article363.html

Some Analogies to Illustrate the Unethical Nature of Conversions by Waruna Fernando

Discusses unethical conversion within the context of the changes in the Judeo-Christian culture and western hegemony. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items04/230704-1.html

Dirty Secrets of Christian Evangelism by Austin Cline

Both Catholics and Protestants spend a lot of money on missionary programmes in the “Unreached Bloc”, a largely non-Christian region stretching from Africa to East with India being a prime target. The tactics can be very unethical and results very poor. So why do people go through with it? for Christ, they say. I suppose anything can be justified in the name of Jesus, no matter how unethical and harmful. http://atheism.about.com/b/2009/06/27/dirty-secrets-of-christian-evangelism.htm

Who’s That Knocking on the Door? A Buddhist’s Guide to Evangelical Christianity by Ven.Sravasti Dhammika

Gives examples of the tactics used by evangelists. http://www.buddhismaustralia.org/knock.htm

Proselytism and International Law http://religionhumanrights.com/Research/proselytism.htm

Proselytism and the Freedom to Change Religion in International Human Rights Law by Tad Stahnke  D:\ 1999- 1\ FINAL\ STA-FIN.WPD Ja n. 8, 2001

Proselytism is one form of expression that has resulted in inevitable, and some times fierce, conflict. But on proselytism-whether it is viewed as an exercise of free expression or a manifestation of religious belief-is not in it self the problem. The problem lies in finding the proper balance between the freedom to proselytize and the multitude of rights, duties, and interests of religious groups, individuals, and the state that may conflict with that freedom. http://lawreview.byu.edu/archives/1999/1/sta.pdf

Neutrality, Proselytism, and Religious Minorities at the European Court of Human Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court by Nicholas Hatzis Harvard ILJ OnlineVol 49 June 22, 2009

The existence of every new, non-mainstream, or minority religious group depends on the ability to make its doctrines known and to proselytize new members. Only by persuading people to change their religious affiliation (or in case of atheists or agnostics, to adopt one for the first time) will a group be able to survive as a religious community. While minority religions may on occasion compete against each other for new adherents, for practical reasons, their main target group will be the membership of the majority religion, who may react by lobbying the legislature and the administration to impose restrictions on religious teaching by minorities. This is not only a contemporary phenomenon. Michael McConnell notes that in 18th century Virginia, the most intolerant of the colonies, the Church of England was the established church and the authorities blocked efforts by Presbyterians and Baptists to preach their faith. More recently, the prohibition of proselytism came before the European Court of Human Rights in Kokkinakis v. Greece.2

Kokkinakis is a seminal case, not only in its discussion of the issues of religious teaching and proselytism, but also for its discussion of freedom of religion in general. http://www.harvardilj.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/HILJ-Online_49_Hatzis.pdf

Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus by Phil Zuckerman

White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus. It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/why-evangelicals-hate-jes_b_830237.html

Conversion as an Economic EnterpriseRamani Samarasinghe

Changing Face of Religious Conversions Ramani Samarasinghe