EM306 - Issues in Missiology
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Students who take EM306 may not take EM301
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The history of Christian mission
- The interaction of gospel and culture
- Christian mission in a particular geographical region
Be able to
- Explain developments in the history of Christian mission
- Analyse the cultural and sociological factors which affect contemporary mission
- Discuss the impact of missionary activity in a particular geographical region
- Present an analytical evidence-based perspective on issues in missiology
Be in a position to
- Integrate perspectives from ‘Issues in Missiology’ with their other theological and ministry studies
- Examine current issues in mission in the light of ‘Issues in Missiology’
- Apply perspectives from ‘Issues in Missiology’ to personal formation and ministry contexts
Section A: Selected Topics in the History of Christian Mission
- The expansion of Christianity to AD 312 and the rise of monasticism;
- Celtic monasticism (Patrick) and the work of Irish peregrini in the British Isles and on the Continent (Columba, Aidan, Columbanus, Gallus);
- The Roman mission to England (Augustine) and the work of Anglo-Saxon missionaries on the Continent (Boniface);
- The rise of Islam and early Franciscan attempts to win Muslim people (Francis himself, Ramon Lull);
- The founding of the Society of Jesus and the work of notable Jesuits (Xavier, de Nobili, Ricci);
- The rise of Pietism and early Protestant endeavours from the Continent (the Danish-Halle mission and the Moravian movement);
- William Carey and the foundation of the voluntary societies
- James Hudson Taylor and the beginnings of the faith mission movement.
- Key developments in the late 19th century and 20th centuries (eg. Student Volunteer Movement, “tent-making”, unreached peoples, Third World mission, etc.)
Section B: Gospel and Culture
- What is Culture?
- A Theology of Gospel and Culture.
- Processes by which Cultures change
- Conversion and Culture
- The Indigenous Church
- Ancestor Worship
- Mission in Australian Culture
- Aboriginal Culture and the Gospel.
Section C: Area Study
A study of the history of mission, patterns of thought of the peoples, and the results of missionary activity in one of the following areas:
- Africa (south of the Sahara)
- Middle East
- Indian subcontinent
- East Asia
- South America
- Australia, or New Zealand and the Pacific.
Alternatively, an in depth study of a country or smaller areas may be submitted.
Anderson, G. H., et al, Mission Legacies: Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Missionary Movement (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1994).
Burnett, D., Clash of Worlds (London: Monarch, 2002).
Escobar, S., The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everywhere (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
Harris, J., We Wish We’d Done More (Adelaide: Open Book, 1998).
Hiebert, P., Anthropological Reflections on Missiological Issues (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994).
Irvin, D. T. and S. W. Sunquist, History of the World Christian Movement: Earliest Christianity to 1453 (Vol. I; Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2001).
Jenkins, P., The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (Oxford; New York: OUP, 2002).
Lewis, D. M. (ed.), Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004).
Neill, S. C. & O. Chadwick, A History of Christian Missions, Rev. 2nd ed. (London; New York: Penguin, 1990).
Nicholls, B., Contextualization: A Theology of Gospel and Culture (Vancouver: Regent College, 1979).
Sweet, L. (ed.), The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).
Langmead. R. (ed.), Reimaging God and Mission (Adelaide: ATF, 2007).
Tucker, R. A., From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004).
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