Monday, June 6, 2011

Colonialism and mission in India

Were Christian missions the hand-maidens of colonial governments as they oppressed and exploited people and their lands?
Or were colonial governments actually the hand-maidens of ruthless pagan corporations as they violently oppressed and exploited, driven by an insatiable greed for money and power?

This weekend I read an interesting article The Influence of the Protestant Reformation on India by P. Daniel Jeyaraj in the Princeton Seminary Bulletin. The article contains a brief section which points out how in the case of India the East India Company [which effectively ruled colonial India] was in conflict with India Christians and missionaries. The latter stood in the way of smooth corporate operations and profits. Below is the relevant section of the article. If you click on it you see a larger version.

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