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The History of Christianity in India: From the Commencement of the Christian Era (In 5 Volumes)

 
James Hough (Author) Christian Classics Revived
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There has been no extensive work available providing the History of Christianity in India at one place and whatever available of earlier annals of the Indian Churches and Church History were scanty, and, hence, this all-time classic work which fills that gap. As the Author contends, the chief solicitude of this ecumenical account of Christianity in India is to provide `History of Facts'. He affirms that in the book, there is not even one task of doubtful authority as its sole purpose is to promote the glory of the Lord.

This voyage of reviving historical facts goes chronologically, beginning with the intercourse between the Western Nations to the then East Indies covering Ceylon & Burmah, continuing with the phase where Missions were employed in the then Mogul Empire, and further going on to provide an elaborate picture of the establishment of the British Empire in India. It inter-alia exhibits Missions carried out in areas like: Southern India including Madras; Eastern India including Bengal & Calcutta; Northern India including Agra; and Western India including Bombay & Goa.

This monumental presentation has been accomplished in 5 Volumes. Vols. 1 & 2, contain an account of the introduction of Christianity into India, from the commencement of Christian era, together with the History of the Syrian and Roman Churches in India. Vols. 3 & 4 exhibit History of all the Protestant Churches in the East, right from their commencement. Finally, Vol. 5 contains a minute and authentic account of the progress of the several Missions of the Christian Knowledge, Church Missionary, and Propagation Societies; also of the American, Baptist, and the London Missionaries; the Wesleyan Societies, and of the establishment of the Scottish Missions. Also, Vols. 4 & 5 are duly equipped with Appendices for readers' better understanding.

The Author has spared no pains to obtain access of all the authentic documents like original reports and correspondence of the Dutch, Danish, German, American, Portugese, and English Missionaries; to ensure the integrity of the work. It covers subjects like History, Missions, Religion, Regional Studies, and details of the episcopate of various bishops that were established in different parts of the Country. This superlative work fully presents itself for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students of History, Researchers, Christian Religious Scholars, Historians, Educationalists, Christian Laity, Church Clergies, and also for those who wish to look beyond the picture, on the advent & propagation of one of the leading world' s faith, in India.

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About the author

James Hough

Rev. James Hough (1789-1847) arrived Madras (India) in 1816, later he was sent to Palamcottah. He remained there for 5 years and devoted himself for the Mission work. He was more interested in the Mission work than in the pastoral care of his countrymen. He nursed the old S.P.C.K. Mission established by Schwartz, superintended the native catechists and schoolmasters, and repaired the Mission schoolrooms and chapels in Palamcottah and the surrounding villages. In 1821, he was transferred to Poonamallee. Here, his health broke down, so he went back to England. In 1828, he entered as a Fellow Commoner at Queen's College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. and M.A. In 1834, he became vicar of Ham in Surrey, and in the same year joined their committee to give the members, the benefit of his local knowledge of missionary affairs. He died at Hastings and was buried at Ham, being succeeded in the vicarage by his son.

Hough wrote and published many books during his furlough to England and after his retirement. But, his greatest work was The History of Christianity in India in five volumes. His son, Rev. T. G. P. Hough, of Caius College, Incumbent of West Ham, Surrey; assisted him in the compilation of the work and presented its Vol. 5 after his death.

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Title The History of Christianity in India: From the Commencement of the Christian Era (In 5 Volumes)
Author James Hough
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.01.2015
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 9351480410, 9789351480419
length xxxii+479p+xxii+691p+xxxiv+682p+xxvi+695p+lii+662p., Illustrations