Since the beginning of the modern missionary movement, Christian missionary views of Hinduism have changed significantly, partly as a result of linguistic developments (to which some missionaries contributed in important ways) and partly as a result of theological shifts (themselves also at times inspired by missionary insights and experiences). The views of an eighteenth century Christian missionary thus differ radically from those of missionaries able to profit from the translation efforts of nineteenth and twentieth century scholarship, and the views of a contemporary Roman Catholic missionary may bear little resemblance to that of an Evangelical Protestant.

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