Hindu–Christian debates in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Authored by: Richard Fox Young

The Routledge Handbook of Hindu–Christian Relations

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367000707
eBook ISBN: 9781003139843
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003139843-13

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Abstract

To rectify the impression that Christianity elicited negligible interest from Hindus grounded in India’s śāstric traditions, I introduce eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts in Sanskrit and selected vernaculars that critiqued Christianity from a normative standpoint (Vedanta, Śaiva Siddhānta, etc.) within the context of India’s larger encounter with Europe. For contrast, I conclude with the eclipse of śāstric-based approaches to Christianity and briefly explore the shift toward eclecticism and Anglocentricity exemplified by the Brahmo Samaj under Keshub Chandra Sen and similar movements.

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