This book, based on six lectures by the author, gives the history of the conversion of India to Christianity from the earliest times until 1893. Smith’s work is useful for understanding the American missionary mentality of the nineteenth century.
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The Conversion of India: From Pantaenus to the Present Time (A.D. 193-1893) is a historical survey of all the missionary activities that took place in India from the beginning of Christianity until the end of the nineteenth century. Smith begins with the early contact of Jewish traders with the Indians, moving to links between India and the Patriarchates of Antioch and Alexandria and the "Nestorian" missionary expansion. Smith then gives a full description of the attempts of the Roman Catholics, Dutch, and British missionaries in evangelizing India, then presents the prospects for American missionaries. Smith's work is resourceful for understanding the American missionary mentality of the nineteenth century.