ABSTRACT

CHRISTIANITY now forms the faith of over two millions of the Indian population. Coeval with Buddhism during the last nine centuries of its Indian history, the teaching of Christ has, after the lapse of another nine hundred years, more than twelve times more followers than the teaching of Buddha upon the Indian continent. Adding Burma, where the doctrines of Gautama still remain the creed of the people, there are over two millions of Christians to under three and a half millions of Buddhists; or to four millions of Buddhists and Jains. Christianity, while a very old religion in India, is also one of the most active at the present day. The Census of 1881 disclosed that the Christians in British and Feudatory India had increased by more than one-fifth since 1872; and this increase, while partly the result of more perfect enumeration, represents to a large extent a real growth.