William Carey was an industrialist. An economist. A medical humanitarian. A media pioneer. An educator. A moral reformer. A botanist. And a Christian missionary. And he did more for the transformation of the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than any other individual before or since.
Many know of William Carey. Some know about the specifics of his work and ministry. But few understand the profound contemporary significance of his life. Few realize how much we owe the increasing globalization of Christianity to the silent revolution he initiated. Fewer still are aware of his legacy of sensitivity to the variety of issues confronting true gospel witness in any culture.
Although we often think of William Carey as ‘the father of modern missions’, he had a tremendously broad influence on Indian society. William Carey was concerned with the salvation of individuals, but he did not stop there, he made an impact on the social, economic, environmental fabric of the community, as well as a moral and spiritual impact.
This biography about the central character in the story of India’s modernization and transformation will help you understand Carey’s impact. ButThe Legacy of William Carey is more than a biography. It is a charge to all Christians to respond in kind within our own cultures, and to use Carey’s example as our model for taking the light of the Gospel into every corner of society. If we follow in his footsteps, not only will lives be better on this side of heaven, but hearts will be changed for eternity–and entire cultures transformed for Christ.
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