Studies in Asian Mission History, 1956-1998.
By Arnulf Camps. Leiden: Brill, 2000. Pp. xii, 337. $115.50/f 196.
Studies in Asian Mission History covers several major "missionary periods in Asia": the Mogul mission in India, the Chinese and Japanese mission, and the missions in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Cochinchine, and Tibet. The introductory chapter deals with the new methodology of mission history, a shift from transmission-history to receptionhistory (pp. 3-4). It rightly emphasizes the evident impact of mission history upon the motivation, methods, and scope of mission today (p. 8). The second part of the introduction gives a brief summary of the modern missionary movement during the last five centuries and an objective evaluation of the role of the Portuguese padroado system, the popes, and Propaganda fide mission history in Asia.
The chapter on Chinese mission is particularly interesting, and the interpretation of events is carefully done. It deals with the problems of the reception of the Gospel in China, …