Stephen Neill (1900–1984) is a well-known figure: He was a prolific writer, and for historians of Christianity in India, his sixty-five books and articles on that subject are a treasure trove; his founding of the Diocesan Printing Press in Tirunelveli in 1942 remains today one of his greatest contributions to the Indian church; and he was a famed priest, pastor, and bishop in the years immediately prior to independence. Yet no one prior to Doughrity has written an academic biography of Neill, or mined the relevant archives to reconstruct the personal history of such a complex figure. Thus, Bishop Stephen Neill is of interest not only as the first full-length treatment of Neill's life, but also because it provides several fascinating cross-cutting contexts: twentieth-century British missionary church history, especially in South India; the rise of Indian nationalism and its relation to the church; and the on-the-ground setting of competing missionary...
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Book Review| May 01 2009
Bishop Stephen Neill: From Edinburgh to South India
Bishop Stephen Neill: From Edinburgh to South India. By Dyron B. Doughrity.
305pp. $77.95 (cloth).
Journal of Asian Studies (2009) 68 (2): 648–649.
Rachel Fell McDermott; Bishop Stephen Neill: From Edinburgh to South India. Journal of Asian Studies 1 May 2009; 68 (2): 648–649. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911809001065
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