The young Kipling’s search for God
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Rudyard Kipling, in his twenties, was a man who had turned his back on Christianity, but who had no time for atheism. He was like his own Aurelian McGoggin who believed himself to be too clever to need the crutch of religious belief. So much for Kipling's protestations of faith, there is a less conscious aspect to his search for God. The aspect of Kipling's search for God first becomes evident some two years after his arrival in Lahore, while he was still a teenager. In India, the greater Kipling's sense of affinity with Islam and Muslims, the greater his contempt for Hinduism and Hindus, whom he associated with some of the worst shortcomings of Indian society. Although Kipling continued to view Hindu Gods as 'malignant', he went on to write wisely about Hinduism, most notably in 'The Bridge Builders' and 'The Miracle of Purun Bhagat', while remaining essentially hostile.

In Time’s eye

Essays on Rudyard Kipling

Editor: Jan Montefiore

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