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A

REPLY

TO THE

LETTERS

OF

THE ABBÉ DUBOIS,

ON

THE STATE

OF

CHRISTIANITY IN INDIA.

BY THE

REV. JAMES HOUGH,
CHAPLAIN TO THE HON. EAST-INDIA COMPANY, ON THE

MADRAS ESTABLISHMENT.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY R. WATTS.

PUBLISHED BY L. B. SEELEY & SON, 169, FLEET STREET.

1824.
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SECTION I.

THE POSSIBILITY OF CONVERTING THE HINDOOS

TO CHRISTIANITY.

In a work recently published by the Abbé Dubois, late Jesuit Missionary in Mysore, entitled, “Letters on the State of Christianity in India,” the Author replies in the negative to the following questions: “First, Is there a possibility of making real converts to Christianity among the natives in India ? Secondly, Are the means employed for that purpose, and, above all, the translation of the Holy Scriptures into the idioms of the country, likely to conduce to this desirable object?" His negative to both these queries he hesitates not to repeat in various parts of the work; stating it as his “ decided opinion, First, that, under existing circumstances, there is no human possibility of converting the Hindoos, to any sect of Christianity: and, Secondly, that the translation of the Holy Scriptures circulated among them, so far from

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