Influence of the English Rationalist Movement

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919406 | DOI:
Influence of the English Rationalist Movement

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This chapter starts by tracing the influence of rationalist, atheist and secularist ideas and organisations in 19th century England on like-minded groups in India. Important in this respect are not just the English magazines and books published by rationalists which found their way to India, but also the influence of individuals such as Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant. With the help of historical accounts and missionary reports, it is outlined how the first rationalist and freethought organisations began to flourish at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and subsequently developed into their contemporary forms.

Keywords: rationalism; freethought; atheism; secularism; England; 19th century; Charles Bradlaugh; Annie Besant; India

Chapter.  4533 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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