The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith

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This book brings together lectures and articles by the renowned historian of world Christianity, making them available, many for the first time, to scholars and students of world mission. While examining the many aspects that have characterized mission, indigenous Christianity, and colonialism in modern Africa, The Missionary Movement in Christian History has a far broader reach. Essays such as "The Gospel as the Prisoner and Liberator of Culture" reveal the paradoxes of the Christian movement as a whole in discussing how different primitive Mediterranean Christianity is from early Catholicism, from Celtic monasticism, from Reformation Protestantism, and from Nigerian Spirit Christianity. Andrew Walls shows how the central question for Christianity has always been one of identity in many different forms, a phenomenon revealed at each stage of its history by the missionary movement. What this means for theology, however, has hardly been explored. This is the subtext of Walls' work, providing extraordinary insights and successful counters to secular critiques of world Christianity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570750595
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Gospel as Prisoner and Liberator of Culture 3
2 Culture and Coherence in Christian History 16
3 The Translation Principle in Christian History 26
4 Culture and Conversion in Christian History 43
5 Romans One and the Modern Missionary Movement 55
6 Origins of Old Northern and New Southern Christianity 68
7 The Evangelical Revival, the Missionary Movement, and Africa 79
8 Black Europeans - White Africans: Some Missionary Motives in West Africa 102
9 The Challenge of the African Independent Churches: The Anabaptists of Africa? 111
10 Primal Religious Traditions in Today's World 119
11 Structural Problems in Mission Studies 143
12 Missionary Vocation and the Ministry: The First Generation 160
13 The Western Discovery of Non-Western Christian Art 173
14 The Nineteenth-Century Missionary as Scholar 187
15 Humane Learning and the Missionary Movement: "The Best Thinking of the Best Heathen" 199
16 The Domestic Importance of the Nineteenth-Century Medical Missionary: "The Heavy Artillery of the Missionary Army" 211
17 The American Dimension of the Missionary Movement 221
18 Missionary Societies and the Fortunate Subversion of the Church 241
19 The Old Age of the Missionary Movement 255
Index 262
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