April 29, 2011
Without the Bible, the West Will Fail
In 1994, India's Roman Catholic bishops invited one of India's most influential public intellectuals, Dr. Arun Shourie, to describe how a Hindu looks at Christian missions. Since his illustrious family was a product of a missionary education, the bishops may have expected him to commend missions. Shourie, however, condemned missions as a conspiracy of Western imperialism.
When Britain colonized India militarily and politically, Shourie argued, missionaries were brought in to colonize the Indian mind. Mission's he said, were the worst form of colonialism, since they harvested souls; they subverted the culture. From reproaching missions, Shourie went on to attack Jesus and ridicule the Bible as an irrational and immoral book. He then expanded his lecture into two books.