By Stephen Neill
This booklet, 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 when you consider that 1498 is of an important war of words of cultures and religions. when you consider that 1757, the executive half during this war of words has been performed via Britain; and the Christian missionary firm, specifically on its academic aspect, has had a crucial function. This e-book depicts with admirable equity the entire numerous different types of Christian religion that experience made touch with India. during this quantity, the Indian voice within the controversy starts essentially to be heard. Bishop Neill had was hoping it might be heard much more in actual fact in a 3rd quantity tracing the tale to Independence in 1947 and the formation of the Church of South India within which he himself performed so famous a component. regrettably, he died earlier than he may write it.
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Had he been able to hold together in lasting coalition the nizam and the Marathas, there is little doubt that the three powers together could have driven the English into the sea - perhaps in alliance with the French, who under the tireless Bussy were making their last and fruitless effort to regain their lost leadership in India. But cohesion was just what was lacking in the Indian powers; they quarrelled when they should have united, and their lack of unity was England's opportunity. In 1780 Haidar was incautious enough to become embroiled with the English.
They had no church and no congregation. It was to be feared that they would interfere with the monopoly of ministration claimed by the chaplains. There were two churches in Tranquebar - the Zion church, built in 1701 by the efforts of the Danish inhabitants for their own use, and a Roman Catholic church of rather earlier date. The first Roman Catholics in the place had been of the fisher caste. But it had come to be taken for granted that the children of slaves of Christians, and the offspring of irregular unions between Europeans and Indian women, would be baptised in the Roman Catholic church, which had entered on the position, if not of state church, at least of a state-protected church.
Of his conversations with Hastings he wrote that '(without compliment) I am always the gainer'. Much of the improvement in the tone of Calcutta society must be ascribed to the influence of Warren Hastings. 31 He entertained a good deal, as was expected of a governor, but his own habits were abstemious in the extreme. He was regular in attendance at church, and took his share in the building of St John's Church, which at last replaced the old St Anne's, destroyed during the brief occupation of Calcutta by Siraj-ud-daula.
A History of Christianity in India: 1707-1858 (Vol 2) by Stephen Neill