By Stephen Neill
Christians shape the 3rd greatest non secular group in India. How has this occur? there are numerous stories of separate teams: yet there has to this point been no significant heritage of the 3 huge teams - Roman Catholic, Protestant and Thomas Christians (Syrians). This paintings makes an attempt to fulfill the necessity for one of these historical past. It is going correct again to the start and strains the tale during the ups and downs of a minimum of fifteen centuries. It contains cautious reviews of the political and social history and of the non-Christian reactions to the Christian message. The narration is non-technical and will current few problems to the considerate reader; the extra technical issues are handled in notes and appendices. This ebook could be of curiosity to all scholars of Church heritage and also will end up attention-grabbing to many that are taken with the advance of Christianity as a global faith and within the discussion among assorted types of religion.
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Students of early Christian writings had come to regard the Acts of Thomas as valuable evidence for the views of Christians in Mesopotamia in the third century, but to discount the possibility of there being any historical element in its highly romantic stories2 - until King Gondopharnes emerged from the mists of fancy on to the clear stage of undeniable history. The wizard who performed the remarkable feat of bringing Gondopharnes back to life was that most enigmatic of European adventurers on the north-west frontier of India, Charles Masson.
58 In later Indian art and legend Krsna almost always appears as ' the Dark One'. Now the Dark People are the Dasyus, by contrast with the fair Aryans. What more likely than that the Pandavas in their extremity should have called in to aid them a chieftain and warrior of the other race, that this warrior by his services in battle secured incorporation into the family of the conquerors, but that his distinctiveness was never forgotten? 62). We shall have occasion later to note the strength of the affirmation in Hindu 20 Change Within Continuity tradition that bhakti was born in the south - and the south is par excellence the land of the Dravidian.
According to his own account this took place as a result of the horror inspired in his mind by the slaughter and devastation caused by the Kalinga wars. The rest of his life was largely occupied in the dissemination of the faith in which he himself had found satisfaction. 41 The kings have been identified with a good deal of plausibility as Antiochus II of Syria (261-246 BC), Ptolemy II of Egypt (285-247 BC), Antigonus Gonatas of Macedonia (276-239 BC), Magas of Cyrene (d. 252 BC), and Alexander of Epirus (276-255 BC).
A History of Christianity in India: The Beginnings to AD 1707 (Vol 1) by Stephen Neill