History of Hindu–Christian Encounters, AD 304 to 1996
|Author||Sita Ram Goel|
|Publisher||Voice of India|
|LC Class||BR128.H5 G64 1996|
Described as Goel's "path-breaking work", 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."
- Dr. Sebastian Kim. The debate on conversion initiated by the Sangh Parivar, 1998-1999. Transformation 2005 (Vol. 22, No. 4, page 224)