‘A History of Missions in India’ brings out a roadmap of the numerous Missions carried out in the then India for the propagation of Christian faith. The Book is a product of extensive and meticulous survey, covering centuries of missionary activities till the then present day. The Author traces Christian Missions all the way, prior to the arrival of the first missionaries from Rome and also details on the geography, demography customs & cultures, and religions of India.
The Missions are divided by time periods: from the Earliest Times till the Decline of Roman Catholic Missions (17th/18th century); the Danish Missions (1706-1798); the development of Protestant Missions (1800-1857); from the Mutiny to the Proclamation of the Empire (1857-1877); Other Missions (1880-1908). While covering all the respective time periods, the Author has given in-depth details of some renowned missionaries like Francisco Xavier, Robert de Nobili, William Carey, and Alexander Duff.
Besides focusing on the notable moments of the expansion, an overview of the religious problems faced in executing Missions; missionary organizations and their respective works like Anglican Episcopate, Vernacular Preaching, Literary Work, Women’s Work for Women, and Medical Missions & Missions to Lepers have been exhaustively dealt with. The leaven at work, like Brahmo Samaj, Will O’ the Wisps, Revival of Hinduism, and Movements in Indian Muhammadanism have been carefully studied. Finally the Author brings into limelight the success of Missions, with the building of ‘Christian Church of India’.
This concise and informative book covers subjects like Missions, Religion, History Regional Studies, Christianity, and Biographical narratives of various missionaries. It is a must to have for a Church Historian, Christian Laity, Church Clergies, Researchers, or anyone interested in the history of Christian Missions. Also, any student of the subject will be left less informed without having a reading of the book.