Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 292
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
As writing and specialist studies on Christian mission have proliferated, there has been a growing need for a single-volume overview of developments in this century. This widely-acclaimed book gives historical focus and perspective to mission by concentrating on the leading figures of each decade, beginning with the leading up to the Edinburgh Conference of 1910 and including treatment of the other great missionary conferences. German mission theory between the wars (1918-1939) is addressed, as are the writings of Roland Allen and D. J. Fleming. In Part II (1940-1990) the responses to the religious pluralism of the modern world, Hindu, Buddhist, Jew, and Muslim, which emerged before the conferences of 1939, are pursued through the writings of figures such as Stephen Neill and Kenneth Cragg, the documents of Vatican II, and the Lausanne Conference of 1974, concluding with the varied responses of writers such as John Hick and Leslie Newbigin.
'It is good that Timothy Yates's excellent review of modern mission ... is now available in paperback. Timothy Yates shows that he possesses the rare gifts of encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant material and the ability to discern its significance and patterns. Well written, and what is most impressive is Dr Yates's ability to write a review which teems with facts and insights without overwhelming or boring the reader.' The Expository Times 'It takes great skill and self-discipline to deal with a vast subject succinctly, to master its literature, condense its history and offer lightning sketches of key personalities in an act of compression that avoids distortion ... Timothy Yates brings it off triumphantly, and in interesting prose as well. This book is a very good read.' Colin Morris, Church Times 'A superbly readable digest of twentieth century missiological themes and movements, together with an engaging account of the formative persons most closely linked to them ... Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century can safely be placed in the hands of beginning students.' International Bulletin of Missionary Research 'Masterly ... This book ought to become a standard textbook for courses in missiology.' Gospel and Culture '... a very helpful reference work'. Themelois Volume 23:1