Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850

Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850

by Sujit Sivasundaram
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521848369

ISBN-13: 9780521848367

Pub. Date: 11/17/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nineteenth-century historians have described how science became secular and how scientific theories such as evolution justified colonialism. This book changes this narrative by offering the first account of the relationship between nineteenth-century science and Christianity outside the Western world. At focus are the intrepid missionaries of the London Missionary

Overview

Nineteenth-century historians have described how science became secular and how scientific theories such as evolution justified colonialism. This book changes this narrative by offering the first account of the relationship between nineteenth-century science and Christianity outside the Western world. At focus are the intrepid missionaries of the London Missionary Society who reverently surveyed the oceans and islands of the Pacific and instructed converts to observe nature in order to interpret God's designs. Sujit Sivasundaram argues that the knowledge that these missionaries practiced functioned as a popular science that was inextricably linked with religious expansion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521848367
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2005
Series:
Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories Series, #7
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. The light of the sun: stimulus for mission; 2. The growth of the mind: nature and mission education; 3. The seed of the soul: conversion illustrated by nature; 4. The body that will bloom: death and its theology of nature; 5. The plants of the land: building settlements of civilisation; 6. The idol of weeds: the exchange and display of nature.

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