Imperial missionaries?

21 Nov

Historian Philip Jenkins (Baylor University) has a thought-provoking piece in the latest Christian Century. He begins it this way:

Whether we like it or not, the world’s re­li­gious landscape owes much to the long history of European imperialism. But the story of empire and missions is much more complex than we might assume, and some common assumptions need debunking. In the case of some of the largest and most enduring empires, the relationship between faith and empire was strongly counterintuitive.

He goes on to focus on the Dutch and the East Indies. You can read his entire piece here: Imperial missionaries? | The Christian Century.

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One Response to “Imperial missionaries?”

  1. Michael & Carolyn Yoder November 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Thanks for distributing this, Doug. A good friend of mine (and former classmate at Goshen) is now book review editor at the Christian Century, after serving previously as a co-editor at Christianity Today.

    Hope you and Joan are well and blessed and have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    We were recently in California to get to know our first grandchild, Josephine, who is now about a month old. That will give us an excuse to go back frequently. I continue to be impressed with Westmont, which is sometimes referred to as “Wheaton West,” although it certainly reflects California culture among the student body if not the faculty.

    Regards, Mike

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