By Stephen Neill
Christians shape the 3rd greatest spiritual group in India. How has this turn up? there are numerous reports of separate teams: yet there has up to now been no significant historical past of the 3 huge teams - Roman Catholic, Protestant and Thomas Christians (Syrians). This paintings makes an attempt to fulfill the necessity for this sort of heritage. It is going correct again to the start and lines the tale in the course of the ups and downs of a minimum of fifteen centuries. It contains cautious experiences of the political and social heritage 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 e-book may be of curiosity to all scholars of Church historical past and also will end up attention-grabbing to many that are interested by the advance of Christianity as an international faith and within the discussion among various sorts of religion.
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The one has become a world religion, the other limited to the country of its birth; one has shewn itself capable of extension, development and expansion, the other has remained unalterably in its traditional system. Outside India hundreds of millions of human beings confess themselves to be Buddhists. 34 In basic principle Jainism is simple. Its final and highest law is that of ahimsa, doing no harm to any. It carries to extreme lengths the principle that no life is to be destroyed; the conscientious Jain guards with the most extreme care against the possible destruction of even the lowest form of life, though he is not allowed to carry this to the point at which his own life might be destroyed.
There was not the beacon of night, nor of day. That one breathed, windless, by its own power. Other than that there was not anything beyond. (3) Darkness was in the beginning hidden by darkness; indistinguishable, this all was water. That which, coming into being, was covered with the wind, that One arose through the power of heat. (6) Who knows truly? Who shall here declare, whence it has been produced, whence is this creation? By the creation of this (universe) the gods (come) afterwards; who then knows whence it has arisen?
3) Darkness was in the beginning hidden by darkness; indistinguishable, this all was water. That which, coming into being, was covered with the wind, that One arose through the power of heat. (6) Who knows truly? Who shall here declare, whence it has been produced, whence is this creation? By the creation of this (universe) the gods (come) afterwards; who then knows whence it has arisen? 24 The story of the Vedic religion is in one respect peculiar. It is still to the devout Hindu inspired revelation; yet the vast majority of those who call themselves Hindus know little, if anything, of it.
A History of Christianity in India: The Beginnings to AD 1707 (Vol 1) by Stephen Neill