EM506 - Issues in Missiology
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
1. The history of Christian mission.
2. The interaction of gospel and culture.
3. Christian mission in a particular geographical region.
4. Selected approaches to issues in missiology.
Be able to
1. Explain developments in the history of Christian mission.
2. Analyse the cultural and sociological factors which affect contemporary mission.
3. Discuss the impact of missionary activity in a particular geographical region.
4. Present a critical evidence-based perspective on issues in missiology.
5. Evaluate selected approaches to issues in missiology.
Be in a position to
1. Integrate perspectives from ‘Issues in Missiology’ with their other theological and ministry studies.
2. Examine current issues in mission in the light of ‘Issues in Missiology’.
3. Apply perspectives from ‘Issues in Missiology’ to personal formation and ministry contexts.
Section A: Selected Topics in the History of Christian Mission
1. The expansion of Christianity to AD 312 and the rise of monasticism;
2. Celtic monasticism (Patrick) and the work of Irish peregrini in the British Isles and on the Continent (Columba, Aidan, Columbanus, Gallus);
3. The Roman mission to England (Augustine) and the work of Anglo-Saxon missionaries on the Continent (Boniface);
4. The rise of Islam and early Franciscan attempts to win Muslim people (Francis himself, Ramon Lull);
5. The founding of the Society of Jesus and the work of notable Jesuits (Xavier, de Nobili, Ricci);
6. The rise of Pietism and early Protestant endeavours from the Continent (the Danish-Halle mission and the Moravian movement);
7. William Carey and the foundation of the voluntary societies.
8. James Hudson Taylor and the beginnings of the faith mission movement.
9. 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
10. What is Culture?
11. A Theology of Gospel and Culture.
12. Processes by which Cultures change.
13. Conversion and Culture.
14. The Indigenous Church.
15. Ancestor Worship.
16. Mission in Australian Culture.
17. 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:
1. Africa (south of the Sahara).
2. Middle East.
3. Indian subcontinent.
4. East Asia.
5. South America.
6. Australia, or New Zealand and the Pacific.
Alternatively, an in depth study of a country or smaller areas may be submitted.
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