Visions of India: Fulfilment Theology, the Aryan Race Theory, and the Work of British Protestant Missionaries in Victorian India

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Author: John Wolffe
Date: Apr. 1994
From: The English Historical Review(Vol. 109, Issue 431)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Document Type: Book review
Length: 504 words

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In Martin Maw's Visions of India: Fulfilment Theology, the Aryan Race Theory, and the Work of British Protestant Missionaries in Victorian India (Frankfurt am Main/Berne: Peter Lang, I990; pp. xv + 393. Pb. DM38), intellectual perceptions of India held by, in particular, Max Muller and Brooke Foss Westcott, are measured against the practical experience of missionaries in the subcontinent, especially the Cambridge University Mission to Delhi. Maw devotes most space to the impact of Westcott's ideas of fulfilment, derived from Johannine, Platonic, and Alexandrian traditions, in which the Logos was perceived as a reality at work in non-Christian faiths. The task of the missionary was thus to promote dialogue, not confrontation, to gather the scattered fragments of Truth and build a final universal form of Christianity....

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