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who believed in the maintenance of British authority and in an organic link with the Christianity associated with the British connection but were not blind to the challenge to Christianity provided by Gandhi. They often had a low opinion of Hindu doctrine and ceremony and some of them perhaps even shared the bizarre belief of Harcourt Butler (reputedly no mean authority on the subject) that "there seems to be some connection between strong sunlight and sexual activity". But the generally prevalent viewpoint was that Christianity would be the fulfilment, the crown, of Hinduism; and a report in 1923 to the Church Missionary Society recognised that, thanks to Gandhi, Hindus were thinking as never before of Christ and were responsive to Christianity just when they could be expected to be most angry because of Gandhi's arrest. So it was well below the level of events for the Synod of Bishops of the Church of England in India to denounce Gandhi's non-violence as un-Chnstian and contrary to the teachings of Jesus and call on their followers to obey the government without question. More subtle, and therefore more worthy of consideration, was the approach of a Christian group in Madras, which described the national movement under Gandhi as "one of the most daring attempts made in human history to apply the Sermon on the Mount to the politics of a nation striving to gain freedom", but added that the movemen; had in it possibilities for evil, born of what this group regarded as errors in perspective, such as wilful blindness to the good that came to India from the British connection.

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