Hindu Christian History

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After the formation of Christianity, the missionaries spread the religion in Europe, then to the west and east. In India, Christianity arrived at around 52 CE. The side effects of trying to change the Indians into Christians were harsh. Many expressed their grievances and dissatisfaction through various means. These expressions were preserved through history books. One of the people who wrote about their feelings towards Christianity is Sita Ram (1921-2003). He was a controversial Christian critic in the religio-political scenes of modern India. Before his death, he had written various books and one these books is the ‘History of Hindu-Christian Encounters AD 304-1996’ published in 1986. This essay is an analysis of the ‘History of Hindu-Christian…show more content…
It is sub-divided into five distinct phases. The first phase opens with Portuguese coming to India. The Hindus suffer under Christianity which presents itself in a crude and ruthless manner that uses very cruel methods to force Indians to convert into Christians. The second phase begins with the British conquering India. The crude physical methods used by the missionaries were prohibited, however, their language still remained cruel. At the end of the phase, the Hindus rise against the Christians leading to a huge setback to the missionaries. The third phase begins with the Mahatma Gandhi advent. The phase ends with the formulation of the Tambram Conference of the International Missionary Council in 1938. The council remade the theology of Christianity in the Indian context. The fourth phase talks about independence and how it provided a conducive environment for Christianity. The right to convert Hindus into Christians was included in the Indian constitution and finally, as the book ends, in the final phase, Hinduism commences to awaken as some of the Harijans start converting into Muslims. Christianity was disturbed by the rate of conversion and started crying that the Hindus aim was to start a Nazi regime and impose destruction of the…show more content…
He concentrates on advocating the facts that Christianity was not fair to Hinduism. The context clearly influenced him to fail to consider the judgment of others such as the Mahatma Gandhi. He notices the failures that Mahatma made through regarding all religions as tolerant and concludes he (Mahatma) was not aware Christianity was evil and the missionaries had hidden their true self. According to Ram, Mahatma thought taming Christians would have been possible through his reasonability. Sita was blinded by the context of his book in such a way that he completely failed to consider the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and simply branded him as a failure since. In addition, the context influenced his work in such a way that he used it to insult the faith of other people besides indicating that the constitution of India allowed people to convert into any religion if they wished to. He completely ignored other factors that influence behaviors such that he concluded Pope John Paul II invites for a televised question-answer program was a sign of loss of power. Clearly, such activities are affected by the advancement in technology and changes in culture but not necessarily by a loss of power or
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