A History of Christianity in India: 1707-1858 (Vol 2) - download pdf or read online
By Stephen Neill
This ebook, a sequel to Bishop Neill's A historical past of Christianity in India: The Beginnings to 1707, strains its topic from the loss of life of Aurunzib to the so-called Indian Mutiny. The historical past of India considering that 1498 is of an important disagreement of cultures and religions. on account that 1757, the manager half during this war of words has been performed by means of Britain; and the Christian missionary company, particularly on its academic facet, has had a vital function. This e-book depicts with admirable equity all of the a variety of kinds of Christian religion that experience made touch with India. during this quantity, the Indian voice within the controversy starts off in actual fact to be heard. Bishop Neill had was hoping it'd be heard much more sincerely in a 3rd quantity tracing the tale to Independence in 1947 and the formation of the Church of South India during which he himself performed so well known a component. regrettably, he died ahead of he may perhaps write it.
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He was appointed as governor-general because he had been so successful in promoting the financial and commercial activities of the Company in Madras; but he never gave in to the idea that the interests of Britain and of India are necessarily contradictory. Unlike the majority of his contemporaries, he had Indian friends to whom he was deeply attached; in return he enjoyed the esteem, indeed the affection, of a number among them. An Indian writer has paid notable tribute to the presence of the Jacob element in Hastings: The voluminous records of his administration evince his solicitude for the people he was called upon to govern, his desire to respect their customs and their past traditions, and to associate the native of the soil with the administration...
Information was often inadequate. Old prejudices died hard. Blunders were made. No finally satisfactory solution to the problem was ever found. But the principle once accepted could never be denied: the British people had accepted sovereignty over millions of people, alien in language, culture and religion, in a distant continent; it was now the business of the British people, acting through Parliament, to rule these peoples according to the law of God, as this was understood in the eighteenth century and as it was, however imperfectly, enshrined in the British Constitution.
22 The Hindu had little reason to rejoice at having exchanged a Muslim for a Christian master. It was the misfortune of the English that Robert Clive left India in February 1760, intending to enter Parliament at Westminster. It was their good fortune that Clive returned to Bengal in 1765, and showed himself no less eminent as a statesman than he had been as a soldier. In less than two years he had eliminated the worst of the evils, and by four major decisions had laid solid foundations for English rule in India on the basis of honesty and integrity.
A History of Christianity in India: 1707-1858 (Vol 2) by Stephen Neill