The Treasure of the Magi: A Study of Modern Zoroastrianism

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CHAPTER 7
THE PARSIS AND CHRISTIAN PROPAGANDA

God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son.

THE foregoing study of a great and ancient religion will have served to prove that Zoroastrianism differs essentially from all other non-Christian creeds in that its fundamental documents set forth a system which calls for supplement, but nowhere includes what is untrue or unworthy. This being so, we may clearly borrow the title of Dr Farquhar's well-known book and apply it with still greater confidence. For if Christianity is the 'Crown of Hinduism', in spite of all the falsenesses and the foulnesses which so seriously choke its aspirations and destroy its capacity for higher things, much more must it be the crown of the religion of Zarathushtra in which Christ has nothing to destroy and only everything to fulfil.

This being so, it is deeply disappointing to find that so little has been done to achieve this fulfilment. To a very large extent the Parsis have been left alone by Christian Missions. A conspicuous and recent indication of this was to be seen in their deliberate exclusion from the field surveyed in the World's Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910. The Report on 'The Missionary Message', one of the ablest and most illuminating works in missionary literature,

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