EM302 - History of Christian Mission
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
This unit can be counted as an Evangelism and Missiology (EM) unit or as a Christianity in History (CH) unit, towards the Ministry and Practice department requirements of a course, or towards the Christian Thought department, but not both.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The history of Christian mission
- Motives, methods and policies in the mission outreach of the church
Be able to
- Explain the ebbs and flows in the history of Christian mission
- Analyse the motives and methodologies involved in the mission outreach of the church
- Discuss missionary outreach in one major region of the world or among one particular people group
- Assess developments in the history of Christian mission in the 20th century
- Present an analytical evidence-based perspective on the history of Christian mission
Be in a position to
- Integrate perspectives from ‘History of Christian Mission’ with their other theological and ministry studies
- Examine current issues in mission in the light of the history of Christian mission
- Contribute historically informed, evidence-based perspectives to debates about Christian mission in the contemporary world
Section A: The Apostolic Age to the 19th Century
- The spread of Christianity to AD 500 (especially in the Roman Empire); the conversion of Europe (to AD 1500); the effects of the rise of Islam.
- Reformation and Counter Reformation (1500–1750), including missions in the colonial empires of Portugal, Spain and France especially the Jesuits in Asia and the Americas; initial Protestant efforts.
- Reawakening and development of missionary concern in churches in Europe, Britain and the USA in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Section B:The Church Planted in Different Continents
Students are expected to study one topic in this Section in detail.
- Missions in the Indian sub-continent in the 19th century, including Serampore and the early Baptists; Duff and education; mass movements in South India.
- Missions in China from 1807, including the relationship of missions to the political situation in the 19th century; Hudson Taylor and the CIM; the church under communism after 1949.
- Missions in Africa, south of the Sahara, including Creole Christianity; Moffatt, Livingstone; the church in Uganda and the Niger Delta to 1914; African Independent churches.
- Missions in the Muslim world.
- Missions in Latin America since 1800, including Roman Catholic and Protestant work.
- Missions in the Pacific.
- Missionary endeavour in Australia and New Zealand.
Section C: Developments in the 20th Century
- Colonialism, nationalism and mission to 1945.
- The effects of World Wars I and II on missions.
- The Edinburgh Missionary Conference 1910; the International Missionary Council to 1961; the work of Mott and Oldham.
- Trends in missionary work since 1945, including the Roman Catholic Church since Vatican II, the Church Growth movement, ecumenical mission, the Lausanne Movement and international conferences.
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