Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 1993 - Religion - 227 pages
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In this comprehensive history of American foreign-mission thought from the colonial period to the current era, William R. Hutchinson analyzes the varied and changing expressions of an American "sense of mission" that was more than religious in its implications. His account illuminates the dilemmas intrinsic to any venture in which one culture attempts to apply its ideals and technology to the supposed benefit of another.
  

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This is an excellent book about how the missionary establishment in the United States grappled with problems of modernity. Hutchinson traces the work of missionaries from the 17th century to the ... Read full review

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Academic history of American mission, a tad dry at times, but with a perspective that is neither hagiographical nor polemical. Read full review

Contents

Civilizing From Necessity to Virtue
17
SOURCES IN ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS
18
PROTESTANTS AND THE INDIANS
25
THE QUAKERS AND ROGER WILLIAMS
35
MISSIONS AND MILLENNIUM
40
New Nation New Errand
45
HOME BASE AND FOREIGN FOOTHOLDS
47
MISSION APOLOGETICS
48
THE WATCHWORD AND ITS SPOKESMEN
120
Activism under Fire
127
THE VIEW FROM EUROPE
128
FUNDAMENTALIST OBJECTIONS
140
Tradition under Fire
148
VISION AND REVISION
152
RETHINKING MISSIONS
160
THE BATTLE OVER THE LAYMENS REPORT
166

THE LANGUAGE OF SPIRITUAL EXPANSIONISM
53
LEGACIES
62
Christ Not Culture
64
LESSONS FROM THE AMERICANINDIAN MISSIONS
65
HAWAII AND THE PERILS OF SUCCESS
71
RUFUS ANDERSON AND THE NEW MISSION POLICY
79
A Moral Equivalent for Imperialism
93
RESISTANCE TO THE ANDERSON POLICIES
97
PROTESTANT LIBERALISM AND MISSIONS
104
RELIGIOUS CONSERVATISM AND CULTURAL FAITH
114
Familiar Debates in an Unfamiliar World
178
THE ECUMENICALEVANGELICAL STANDOFF
179
THE HOEKENDIJK PRESCRIPTION
185
CONTESTING RIGHTS TO THE HERITAGE
188
REALIGNMENTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS
194
Mission for a People among Peoples
205
Bibliography
213
Index
223
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Page 216 - INDIA CHRISTIANA. A Discourse delivered unto the COMMISSIONERS for the Propagation of the Gospel, among the AMERICAN INDIANS which is accompanied with several Instruments relating to the Glorious Design of propagating our Holy Religion, in the Eastern as well as the Western INDIES.

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William R. Hutchinson is Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard University. Among his many publications are The Transcendentalist Ministers: Church Reform in the New England Renaissance and Between the Times: The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960.

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