Modern Sannyasins: Protestant Missionary Contribution to Ceylon Tamil Culture

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The work presents a novel argument about how Protestant missionary Christianity came to deeply influence Hindu society. The historical backdrop is an integral part of that argument, showing how previous so-called heterodox movements (viz. Buddhism, Janism) have from time to time greatly affected Hinduism, despite its protective wall of caste hierarchy and seemingly monolithic religio-cultural durability. That Protestant Christianity in this context should have succeeded as it did in penetrating the Tamil Hindu society in Sri Lanka is due chiefly to the sannyasic image of its missionaries.
The work is in effect a comparative study in religious phenomena. The study makes a major contribution to scholarly understanding of Christian mission and colonialism in the subcontinent, and Tamil history and sociology in Sri Lanka.

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The Author: After completing his schooling in his home town of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Charles R. Hoole earned his first two degrees, BA (Hons) and M.A. in Theology, at Hull University, UK, and then moved to the Department of Religious studies in McMaster University, Canada, for his M.A. and Ph.D.
He taught religion at a high school in Nigeria, and also courses on Indian religion at McMaster University and Trinity College, Bristol, UK. Currently he is a lecturer in Religion, Church History and Christian Ethics at Colombo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka.

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