Christian Missions and the Enlightenment

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"Christian Missions and the Englightenment concentrates on British Protestant missions and the formative role of the Scottish Enlightenment on such topics as education and the relationship between "conversion" and "civilization." After discussing the problematic nature of all attempts to define the Enlightenment, the book breaks new ground by setting the British missionary awakening in the context of its continental European predecessor. It includes regional studies of missions in India, the Cape Colony, and the South Pacific, as well as analyses of debates in Scotland and England over whether missionaries should first seek to "civilize" or whether conversion to Christianity offered the only sure route to "civilization." The volume concludes with a theological perspective on what it may mean to uphold Christian orthodoxy in mission encounters in an age no longer bounded by the horizons of modernity."--BOOK JACKET.
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
1 Christian Missions and the Englightenment: A Reevaluation 1
2 The Eighteenth-Century Protestant Missionary Awakening in Its European Context 22
3 The British Raj and the Awakening of the Evangelical Conscience: The Ambiguities of Religious Establishment and Toleration, 1698-1833 45
4 Patterns of Conversion in Early Evangelical History and Overseas Mission Experience 71
5 Ethnology and Theology: Nineteenth-Century Mission Dilemmas in the South Pacific 99
6 Civilization or Christianity? The Scottish Debate on Mission Methods, 1750-1835 123
7 "Civilizing the African": The Scottish Mission to the Xhosa, 1821-64 141
8 Christianity and Civilization in English Evangelical Mission Thought, 1792-1857 169
9 Upholding Orthodoxy in Missionary Encounters: A Theological Perspective 198
Bibliography of Printed Sources 223
Index 240
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