Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

General and Miscellaneous -- Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century by Timothy Yates

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

General and Miscellaneous -- Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century by Timothy Yates

Article excerpt

Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century. By Timothy Yates. (New York: Cambridge University Press. 1994. Pp. xvi, 275. $59.95.)

The author has provided missionaries, missiologists, and anyone else interested in the missionary work of the Church in the twentieth century with a clear, solid, and very readable presentation of the development of "mission theory" or "mission theology" in this century. It is not a description of the mission work itself; rather it is an account of the people as individuals and groups who have stimulated, reflected on, and guided this work.

The author has chosen to approach this topic by addressing the major themes which seemed to dominate each decade. While there L, of course, continuity and overlap between the decades, the schema basically works. This is especially true for the 1950's(mission as presence and dialogue) and 1960's (mission as proclamation, dialogue, and liberation).

An important value of the book lies in its presentation of the major ecumenical meetings held during this century both in terms of their context and their content; in its personal and intellectual portrait of the many people who played a significant role in the development of mission thought; in its description of the institutions that grew out of and then affected the missionary movement; and in its clear and penetrating analysis of the incurring themes that appear during this century. The author has an obvious command of both the primary and secondary sources, but he wisely chose to allow the social documents and significant authors to speak for themselves, using an abundance of quotations. There is also a most useful index.

This is such a very good book that one is reluctant to criticize it. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.