History of Hindu–Christian Encounters, AD 304 to 1996

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History of Hindu-Christian Encounters
Author Sita Ram Goel
Country India
Language English
Publisher Voice of India
Publication date
1986, 1996
ISBN 81-85990-35-2
OCLC 37580285
294.5/172 21
LC Class BR128.H5 G64 1996

History of Hindu-Christian Encounters (AD 304 to 1996) is a book by Sita Ram Goel which he published in 1986 under his Voice of India imprint.

Described as Goel's "path-breaking work",[1] the book opens with a discussion of the belief common to many Christians in South India that St. Thomas the apostle travelled to India. The book mentions the Syrian Christians of the Malabar coast and the Italian traveller Ludovico di Varthema, author of the Itineratio. An important Hindu-Christian encounter was the arrival of the Portuguese with Vasco da Gama in 1498 CE and with Francis Xavier in 1542 CE, an encounter which Goel points out led to the Inquisition reaching India.

Koenraad Elst, who read the book before he first met Goel, said about the book, "Hindus have a very good case vis-a-vis Christianity and Islam, but at present it is either not presented at all or presented very badly. This book is a departure."[2]


Further reading[edit]

  • Dr. Sebastian Kim. The debate on conversion initiated by the Sangh Parivar, 1998-1999. Transformation 2005 (Vol. 22, No. 4, page 224)

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