should there be an evangelization of Asia at all? Don't we live in a
global society in which we must recognize pluralism in religion just
as we do in culture or language? Are not the great religions of Asia
good enough and a great legacy for the entire world? Why do
Westerners come to India? It is mainly to find spiritual teachings
that they didn't find in their own Western Christian backgrounds.
Others argue that since only about three percent
of India has become Christian why should one care? But the areas
that have become Christian, like the northeast, are getting
progressively alienated from the rest of India and seeking to secede
from the country. And the possibility of dramatically more
conversions in the future cannot be ruled out. That someone has
fired a gun against you and missed is no reason not to take it
seriously, particularly if he is loading a better gun for further
shots. The point is that it is unkind to begin with.
7. As a former Catholic why are
you suspicious of the Pope's campaign? What is it about Pope John
Paul II that makes you suspicious of him?
As a former Catholic, I am well
aware that most Catholics have no real respect for Hinduism. My
uncle became a missionary to convert Native Americans and save them
from hell, and Hindus are placed in the same category. The current
pope is a well-known conservative promoting evangelical activity
throughout the world, but he covers his actions with a veneer of