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It has been said that the example of the New Englanders in America and their success in converting the Indians to Christianity first aroused the energy of the Dutch for the conversion of the natives in Ceylon. A variety of motivations must have inspired Dutch ministers to sail to the East. Some came to gain experience and […]

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Vasco Da Gama reached Calicut in India on the 28th May, 1498. With this discovery of a sea route from Europe to the East, a new era of history for India and Ceylon was begun. For the next four centuries European trade, culture, and religion powerfully affected the age-old civilizations of Asia. The history of Asian countries […]

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Early Reformed Missions in Ceylon

Palm trees swayed gently against the delft-blue tropical sky as the Dutch admiral, Joris Van Spilbergen, on the 31st May 1602, stepped ashore on the island of Ceylon. He was not the first Christian to set foot on Ceylon soil. Tradition traces the beginning of Christianity in Ceylon back to Apostolic times. The existence of a Christian […]

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The World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin was to most of us who attended the inspirational experience of a lifetime. The Congress will be remembered in history as the most representative gathering of evangelists and missionaries in the mid-twentieth century. The figures of Billy Graham and Carl F. H. Henry were predominant at the Congress. The […]

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BIRTH CONTROL, THE POPE, AND MISSIONS A Christian Reformed minister is quoted as having said from the pulpit: “If you want to save souls, have big families.” He might well have added: “If you want to evangelize the world, have bigger families.” In proportion to the task, the manpower supply available for Christian missions is going to become […]

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CREATIVE MINDS IN CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY, edited by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. $6.95. Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, the well-known editor of the (Anglican) Churchman, has greatly obligated us by the edition of this guidebook which surprises us again and again by the wealth of its material, its concise synopses of […]

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Infiltration: A Method which Catholics and Communists both use. There are in the world today two movements which on the one hand are diametrically opposed to one another, but which on the other hand copy each other’s methods and admire each other’s organization and success. They are International Communism and the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal D’Alston, […]

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Catholic Action is an Organized, Planned, and Worldwide Program for the Extension of the Hierarchical Power at the Roman Catholic Church. The degree to which Catholic Action is organized both on the local and international levels is amazing. Cardinal Gracias of Bombay has said that part of the genius of Catholic Action lies in the degree […]

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Catholic Action and Protestant Missions

From a missionary standpoint, Catholic Action poses a problem. The governments of younger nations are still in the infant state of free and democratic development. Political parties are numerous, and racial-religious pressure groups complicate every issue. In many of the newly independent countries it is not yet certain whether democracy as it is known in the […]

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World Council of Churches at New Delhi, India

REPORT ON THE WORLD COUNCIL MEETING IN NEW DELHI, INDIA The Editorial Committee of TORCH AND TRUMPET is greatly pleased to be able to present to its readers a report of the third meeting of the World Council of Christian Churches. It came fresh from the pen of one of our own ministers, Rev. Roger Greenway of […]

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