Some Principles of Civilization; With Detached Thoughts on the Promotion of Christianity in British India

Some Principles of Civilization; With Detached Thoughts on the Promotion of Christianity in British India

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...may in time be demolished. Of the remote consequences of the press on the character and habits of the people, it is difficult in this early stage of its progress to speak with any degree of certainty; more especially as this is the first instance in which a press has ever been introduced into a Heathen country. The absence of a more direct analogy may, however, be supplied in some measure from the history of Europe; for the triumphs of the press must in all couritries bear a very great affinity. If we admit that Europe, three centuries ago, was as debased in its morals, as degraded in its understanding, and as inveterate in its superstition, as lndia is at present, we can be at no loss to estimate the effects of the press in this country. If we consider the elevation to which it has raised England in this short period of time---an eminence from which she may look down not only on all other nations now in existence who are without the press, but cast her observations back on all the efforts of the human race since the flood, and discover through the lengthened vista of ages, nothing which can maintain a distant resemblance with her present acquisitions; if we moreover call to mind, that three centuries ago, this fair and beautiful creation had no existence; if we compare her former degradation with her present supremacy in all the pursuits which add dignity to our nature, and recognize in the press one of the chief instruments of this mighty transformation, we shall not be deemed chimerical if we indulge the most fervent hopes for the people of India, now put in possession of the key to all this glory. Whatever obstacles are to be overcome in the diffusion of knowledge, the press has already conquered in other countries; and unless we...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236955021
  • 9781236955029