The Moravian Church and the Missionary Awakening in England, 1760-1800

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Overview

The Moravian Church became widely known and respected for its 'missions to the heathen', achieving a high reputation among the pious and with government. This study looks at its connections with evangelical networks, and its indirect role in the great debate on the slave trade, as well as the operations of Moravian missionaries in the field. The Moravians' decision, in 1764, to expand and publicise their foreign missions (largely to the British colonies) coincided with the development of relations between their British leaders and evangelicals from various denominations, among whom were those who went on to found, in the last decade of the century, the major societies which were the cornerstone of the modern missionary movement. These men were profoundly influenced by the Moravian Church's apparent progress, unique among Protestants, in making 'real' Christians among the heathen overseas, and this led to the adoption of Moravian missionary methods by the new societies. Dr Mason draws on a wide range of primary documents to demonstrate the influences of the Moravian Church on the missionary awakening in England and its contribution to the movement.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Note on terms
Introduction 1
1 The Moravian Church and its missions: Zinzendorf to Spangenberg 5
2 Moravians in England: the Labrador affair, 1764-1784 28
3 Moravians and evangelical Calvinists, 1770-1790 59
4 Bishops in England and Moravians in the West Indies 90
5 The 1788 enquiry into the slave trade 114
6 Moravian missionary teaching and its influence, 1792-1800 143
7 The beginning of the modern missionary movement, 1800 176
Conclusion 193
App. 1 The numerical strength of the Moravian Church, 1822 199
App. 2: A comparison of texts 200
App. 3 Distribution of the Moravian Periodical Accounts, Feb. 1797-Mar. 1801 202
Bibliography 205
Index 223
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