By Stephen Neill
Christians shape the 3rd biggest spiritual group in India. How has this happen? there are lots of experiences of separate teams: yet there has to this point been no significant background of the 3 huge teams - Roman Catholic, Protestant and Thomas Christians (Syrians). This paintings makes an attempt to satisfy 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 no less than 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 concerns are handled in notes and appendices. This ebook might be of curiosity to all scholars of Church historical past and also will end up interesting to many that are concerned about the advance of Christianity as a global faith and within the discussion among diverse different types of religion.
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Too much stress must not be laid on Bishop John, who at the council of Nicaea signed himself as 'bishop of the Great India and Persia'. Some have supposed this solitary Persian at an assembly of Greek bishops13 to be no more than an invention, intended perhaps to convey the truly ecumenical character of the great gathering. It is not, however, necessary to carry scepticism quite so far. 14 But the interpretation of the brief notice is not easy. We are not told of what See John was bishop. It is, of course possible that there were Christians in India at the time of the council of Nicaea.
We are not told of what See John was bishop. It is, of course possible that there were Christians in India at the time of the council of Nicaea. If so, it seems probable that they were Persian or Mesopotamian merchants resident in India for the purpose of trade rather than Christians of Indian ethnic origin. 15 To assume the existence of flourishing Indian churches with bishops and clergy from among their own people goes beyond the evidence that we have. 2 THE THOMAS TRADITION AND SOUTH INDIA Some of the available evidence points to the presence of Christians in northwest India, or in neighbouring territories which do not form part of India or Pakistan as these are defined today.
18 Change Within Continuity As we travel still further south, the Aryan recedes yet further into the background, and is replaced by elements of fantasy and distortion. 56 The Vedic Indian was content to worship under the clear vault of heaven in the place appointed for sacrifice. Climatic conditions may have suggested the advantage of having certain covered places for worship; but this could hardly have been the source of so radical a change. The devout Muslim is not likely to regard the mosque as a place in which God is specially present: it is simply a convenience to the worshipper to have a place set apart in which the people of God can become visible, and carry out its ceremonies as a community.
A History of Christianity in India: The Beginnings to AD 1707 (Vol 1) by Stephen Neill