The shape of the Christian church worldwide depends today more on India than on Ireland, and what is going on in Kerala is far more important than whoever is appointed to Canterbury. Irish Catholicism and the Church of England have a noble heritage, but their best days now belong to history. What goes on there bears watching for the sake of the souls, of course, but in terms of providing a creative impetus for the Gospel throughout the world, those islands are exhausted.
The emphasis on India seems to reflect de Souza’s Catholicism. When I, as an evangelical, get depressed about the state of Western Christendom, I am relieved to think of the growth of Christianity in China.