“YISU DAS – WITNESS OF A CONVERT”: A REVIEW
By Cecil Hargreaves
(Former professor at Bishop College and Asia Secretary of Church Missionary Society, London, Late Professor Hargreaves, was a personal friend of my father. He was one of the first to recognize my father as one of the prominent Asian Theologian in his book, India’s Search for Reality and the Relevance of the Gospel of John. Delhi: ISPCK, 1975.)
Almost forty years ago CISRS held a conference of converts from Hinduism, at which Yisu Das Tiwari’s paper, which forms Chapter 1 of this present book, was delivered. M.M. Thomas, about that time, urged Christian theologians to get a good grounding both in history of early Christian thought and, also, at the same time, in Indian metaphysics: he said that it was that background that would help the further development of a theology of spirituality. In this book we learn more about one particular participant in the conference, later to be known as the Reverend Yisu Das Tiwari, who had been brought up and nurtured in the scriptural and philosophical terminologies of Indian classical religious heritage, as well as having had an experience of conversion linked initially and closely with someone’s quoting of words from the Gospel of John.