Brian Stanley's Christian Missions and the Enlightenment PDF

By Brian Stanley

ISBN-10: 0802839029

ISBN-13: 9780802839022

This quantity bargains an in depth ancient exam of the impression of the ecu Enlightenment at the ideals and practices of Protestant missionaries who went to Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. Discussing such themes as schooling, the connection among "conversion" and "civilization, " and the matter of defining the Enlightenment, the participants holiday new floor through surroundings the British missionary awakening within the context of its continental ecu predecessor. person neighborhood reports on India, the Cape Colony, and the South Pacific support make clear the position of the Western missionary firm because the mid-eighteenth century.

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For the rest of the world he had only the resourcesof the LeicesterPhilosophicalInstitute and a small circle of modestdissentingministerial libraries to draw on, so he knows little about the Halle missionariesin India. He has heard,however,of the king of Denmark'smissionin Tranquebar,and of conversions there, though his information comes down no later than Ziegenbalg'stime. On the Dutch missionsin southeastAsia he is still more out of date,and unduly optimistic, sincehe seemsto assumethat though"the work hasdecayedin someplaces,"the generalconditionsapplying in the late seventeenthcenturywere still in force.

First, it neededa substantialcorpsof personswith the degreeof commitmentcapableof sustainingsucha life andwith the intellectualequipment to further it. Second,it neededa form of organizationthat could mobilize and maintain such a force. Third, it neededsustainedWesternaccessto specific locations,with reasonableexpectationof continuedcommunication. Throughout its history, Western missionaryenterprisedependedon these three factors, and the presenceor absenceof one or more of them has brought about its upswings and its downswings.

45. SeeDavid Allan, Virtue, Learningand the ScottishEnlightenment:Ideas of Scholarship in Early Modern History (Edinburgh, 1993). One was the understandingof Christianityasa form of superstructure that dependedon a foundationof the principlesof naturalreligion. " It was this belief, Maxwell demonstrates,that inspiredthe GeneralAssembly'sprojectof an educationalinstitution in Calcutta,which Duff was appointedin 1829 to initiate. They also, crucially, inhibited the development of that mission, since Erlank indicatesthat the lack of enthusiasmin Scotlandfor the SouthAfrican mission (relative to that shownfor India) was rootedin ScottishModerateskepticismaboutthe capacityof "savages"to respondto the gospelwithout the preparatoryleaven of Christian education.

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