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Carey College is named after pioneer missionary William Carey. His life is an outstanding example of Christian faith applied to practical living and useful service.
"Carey used all his energy, time and gifts to bring people the Bible so that their world could be shaped by God's word." Paul Pease
He exemplifies the Christianity the College is committed to, and to which its students are called.
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William Carey has been called "The Father of Modern Missions". Not only was he the first missionary to go to India (or almost anywhere, for that matter, in his generation). He tirelessly preached on Christ's call to evangelise, and set up a society to support and promote missions. From his work and example modern missions began.
Carey's interest in missions goes all the way back to his childhood when he became fascinated by reading about the explorations of James Cook, Christopher Columbus and others. Over the years he catalogued the world’s lost peoples. In 1792 he published a book in which he set out an irresistible call to evangelise the lost. (The book had a long title, typical of its day: An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen.)
In 1793 he set out for India, where he was to spend the rest of his life broadcasting the news of Jesus the Saviour, slowly building an indigenous church, and reaching out to the Indian community with compassion and care that saw social reforms, advances in science, and the establishment of schools and a university.
He faced considerable opposition and difficulty at times. In 1806 the East India Company, fearing the gospel would stir "native rebellion", gained an edict preventing Carey from preaching the gospel to Indians. But when the Governor-General read of hundreds of Muslims and Hindus who had been baptised as Christians and subsequently lived in harmony with each other, Carey was again given permission to bring Christ to the people of India.
In 1812 a terrible fire destroyed his print-shop and a vast collection of documents. Yet his faith and perseverance were undeterred. The next day he sat down with his workers and began again what had taken years to write. That Sunday he preached on Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."
His motto was, "Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God." He put that into practice until the day in 1834 when his work on earth ended and he saw his Saviour, and the Saviour of a multitude of brothers and sisters in Christ from India, face to face.
William Carey loved creation which he regarded as God's handiwork.
He was the first to publish books on the natural history of India, as well as publishing a range of science books for India.
In botany he introduced the Linnaean classification to India and began the monumental task of recording and classifying Indian plants.
He introduced the study of astronomy as a science, teaching that the stars and planets are God's creation set by him in an observable order, and not deities that ruled human life.
He pioneered the reform of land usage, encouraging forestry conservation and founding an Agricultural and Horticultural Society that stimulated improved management of resources.
Carey made meticulous and beautiful botanical drawings and carefully documented collections of hundreds of Indian plants and flowers. These remain primary references for modern research.
Among his engineering contributions was the introduction of the steam engine to India.
William Carey's faith in Jesus compelled him to do all he could to care for people in need. He was appalled by the abuse and suppression of women, minorities and the suffering in traditional Indian society. The gospel of Jesus that he proclaimed included the message that men and women had equal standing before God, and all had a dignity as the image bearers of God. Among the reforms he successfully promoted were:
The abolition of polygamy
The abolition of infanticide
The abolition of child marriage
The abolition of widow burning
The abolition of euthanasia
Sati, the practice of widow burning, was abolished by law on the 4th December 1829. Carey had first witnessed this horrific cruelty in May 1799. His 30 year campaign to protect widows exemplifies his perseverance.
He campaigned tirelessly for the humane treatment of lepers.
Carey was so distressed by the way in which girls were kept illiterate that he opened dozens of schools for girls and launched a new era of literacy for women.
He unstintingly opposed the British East India Company's exploitation of India, persuading the Government to establish a civil service that not only protected Indian interests but established the foundation of self-administration still operating today. With similar practical Christianity he introduced savings banks to India.
Even before he went to India, Carey was active in calling for the reform of prisons, more compassionate care of the mentally ill, and the abolition of the slave trade.
Linguist and Publisher
William Carey knew that for the gospel of Jesus to have the greatest possible impact, Indians had to be able to read it for themselves. Accordingly he learnt and translated the Bible into many languages including Sanskrit and Bengali. In total, with the help of a team of local workers, he translated the full Bible into eight languages, the New Testament into 27 languages, and portions of the Old Testament into a further 10 languages!
He set up his own printing works from which poured not only Bibles but dozens of works of science, literature and social reform. It is calculated that he printed 212,000 books in 30 years.
He wrote and published the first ever Sanskrit dictionary. In fact, he produced grammars for six different languages and dictionaries for three of them.
He published the first newspaper in India, (which was also the first newspaper in any oriental language). That newspaper is still published and until the end of the 20th century still carried his name on its masthead.
Carey also believed it was essential that others learn of the richness of Indian culture and translated significant Indian classics into English.
Having books in their own language was no use to people who could not purchase them, so Carey introduced lending libraries to India.
Not only did William Carey start dozens of schools in India, he did so in a way that challenged oppressive practices.
He opened schools for girls, and he opened schools for the lower casts.
He founded and taught in India’s first university in Serampore.
His writing, translating and publishing of Bibles and other books were critical to the reform of schooling, and the introduction by him of lending libraries vastly increased the access of the poor to learning.
William Carey, 1761 - 1834, "dared people to think biblically and rearrange their lives accordingly." Paul Pease
His faith in Christ motivated him not only to preach the gospel in his pioneering Mission to India, but to live it out as an outstanding Scientist, Engineer, Medical Pioneer, Horticulturalist, Astronomer, Librarian, Conservationist, Social Reformer, Educator, Economist, Linguist and Publisher.
So valued is his contribution to modern India, that he is commemorated on an Indian postage stamp, with the notation "The Department of Posts is privileged to issue a stamp on Dr William Carey, who adopted India as his country and strived to serve her people."