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Christian Missions and the Enlightenment (Brian Stanley (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2001) 9780802839022
Christian Missions and the Enlightenment (Brian Stanley (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2001) 9780802839022
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Title: Christian Missions and the Enlightenment

Author: Stanley, Brian (ed)

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802839022

Volumes: 1; Pages: 257

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The nature of the influence of the European Enlightenment on the beliefs and practices of the Protestant missionaries who went to Asia, Africa, and the Pacific from the mid-eighteenth century onwards is attracting increasing interest and debate among scholars from a wide variety of disciplines. The late South African missiologist David Bosch claimed in his classic work Transforming Mission that "the entire modern missionary enterprise is, to a very real extent, a child of the Enlightenment." The present volume, however, is the first to subject such a claim to detailed historical examination.Christian Missions and the Enlightenment 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.Written by a team of renowned and emerging scholars, this book is destined to make an important contribution to the debate over what place remains for a universal Christian mission to a world that has repudiated the assumptions of European superiority and progress inherent to the Enlightenment.Contents1. Christian Missions and the Enlightenment: A ReevaluationBrian Stanley2. The Eighteenth-Century Protestant Missionary Awakening in Its European ContextAndrew F. Walls3. The British Raj and the Awakening of the Evangelical Conscience: The Ambiguities of Religious Establishment and Toleration, 1698-1833Penny Carson4. Patterns of Conversion in Early Evangelical History and Overseas Mission ExperienceD. Bruce Hindmarsh5. Ethnology and Theology: Nineteenth-Century Mission Dilemmas in the South PacificJane Samson6. Civilization or Christianity? The Scottish Debate on Mission Methods, 1750-1835Ian Douglas Maxwell7. "Civilizing the African": The Scottish Mission to the Xhosa, 1821-64Natasha Erlank8. Christianity and Civilization in English Evangelical Mission Thought, 1792-1857Brian Stanley9. Upholding Orthodoxy in Missionary Encounters: A Theological PerspectiveDaniel W. Hardy
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