Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century
As writing and specialist studies on Christian mission have proliferated, there has been a growing need for a single-volume overview of developments in this century. This widely-acclaimed book gives historical focus and perspective to mission by concentrating on the leading...
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As writing and specialist studies on Christian mission have proliferated, there has been a growing need for a single-volume overview of developments in this century. This widely-acclaimed book gives historical focus and perspective to mission by concentrating on the leading figures of each decade, beginning with the leading up to the Edinburgh Conference of 1910 and including treatment of the other great missionary conferences. German mission theory between the wars (1918-1939) is addressed, as are the writings of Roland Allen and D. J. Fleming. In Part II (1940-1990) the responses to the religious pluralism of the modern world, Hindu, Buddhist, Jew, and Muslim, which emerged before the conferences of 1939, are pursued through the writings of figures such as Stephen Neill and Kenneth Cragg, the documents of Vatican II, and the Lausanne Conference of 1974, concluding with the varied responses of writers such as John Hick and Leslie Newbigin.
This widely acclaimed book gives historical focus and perspective to developments in Christian mission this century. The author concentrates on the leading figures of each decade, beginning with events leading up to the 1910 Edinburgh Conference and includes treatment of the other great missionary conferences.
This study provides a much-needed historical overview of the main developments in the theory and practice of Christian mission in this century. Part 1 describes the great missionary conferences of Edinburgh 1910, Jerusalem 1928, and Tambaram, Madras 1938, with particular emphasis on Christian responses to Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and secular interpretations of religious life. In Part 2, the developing pluralism of the modern world is addressed by way of Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and evangelical documents, and through diverse contemporaneous thinkers.
- List Of Abbreviations
- Part I. 1900-1940: Introduction
- 1. Mission As Expansion 1900-1910
- 2. Mission As The Church Of A People (volkskirche) 1910-1920
- 3. Mission Appraised (1): 1920-1940
- 4. Mission Appraised (2): 1920-1940
- Part Ii. 1940-1990: Preface To Part Ii
- 5. Mission As Presence And Dialogue 1950-1960
- 6. Mission As Proclamation, Dialogue And Liberation 1960-1970
- 7. Mission As Proclamation And Church Growth 1970-1980
- 8. Pluralism And Enlightenment 1980-1990
- Select Bibliography