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Title: Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries
Author: Bonk, Jonathan
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Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415969482
Volumes: 1; Pages: 496
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The Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries is volume 9 in the Religion and Society series, which examines the complex and varied interactions between society and religion. Each stand-alone volume in the series focuses on one aspect of religiousness, analyzing its impact on individuals and societies worldwide and historically. The Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries examines the nature and effects of missionary work around the world and throughout history, analyzing how secular and clerical people from major religions (especially Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam) have brought social changes along with words of a new faith. Although coverage of Christianity is prominent because of its global importance and unique focus on conversion, other world religions' missionary activities (Buddhism or Islam, e.g.) are discussed as well. The conflicts and ways in which Christianity has accommodated other religious traditions in various parts of the world are also presented. Topics focus on the nature and effects of missionary work, the organization of missionary activity, as well as missionary and mission societies across time and cultures. Sidebars provide additional information, including biographical data and primary source excerpts.
- Missionary activities and their effects in various regions of the world, including historical and modern activities in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific, as well as controversies
- Concepts, theories, issues, and methods of missionary work, such as Bible translation, urban missions, medical missions, or intergroup relation
- Missionary activities of Christian denominations including Black Churches, Pentecostals, and Mormons