Christian Missions and the Enlightenment

Christian Missions and the Enlightenment

Christian Missions and the Enlightenment

Christian Missions and the Enlightenment

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"Christian Missions and the Englightenment 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." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book owes its origin to the North Atlantic Missiology Project (NAMP), an international collaborative scholarly venture based at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts of Philadelphia. The project was established early in 1996 to promote research and publication at the highest level into the interaction between theology, theory, policy, and practice in the Anglo-American Protestant missionary movement in the period from 1740 to 1968. It has been concerned with all regions of the globe to which Protestant missionaries from the North Atlantic world were sent.

The chapters of this book were all originally given as papers at conferences or seminars organized by NAMP in Britain or the United States between 1996 and 1998. The majority were given at the opening NAMP consultation held in Cambridge in September 1996. Subsequent volumes in the Studies in the History of Christian Missions series will publish further papers given at NAMP events. Since January 1999 NAMP has continued in a second phase under the new name of “Currents in World Christianity,” which is concerned with the transformation of Christianity in the twentieth century into a truly global religion. The CWC project will continue until December 2001. Further details of project activities may be obtained from the project office at Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA, or from the project web site, whose URL is http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/carts/cwc.

Grateful acknowledgment is due in the first place to The Pew Charitable Trusts, without whose generous support this volume would never have been written. The opinions expressed in the chapters that follow are, of course . . .

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