Chapter

Introduction

Jay Riley Case

in An Unpredictable Gospel

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772322
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932528 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772322.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction lays out the thesis, which is that the evangelical missionary movement contained within it paradoxes of power, culture, and influence. New movements of world Christianity were more likely to grow if they adapted to their indigenous culture, while evangelical missionaries inadvertently provided a type of faith that did that. Because indigenous Christians understood their language and culture better than missionaries did, missionaries were more likely to encourage these movements if they had less control and power over the movements. Since uncivilized Christians proved themselves quite capable of leading these movements, missionaries found the need to readjust conceptions of civilization. Evangelical missionaries adjusted in different ways, with the most noticeable differences occurring between formalist and antiformalist evangelicals. These adjustments became particularly challenging in areas of race, education, and conceptions of supernaturalism.

Keywords: evangelical; world Christianity; missionary; civilization; formalist; antiformalist; race; education; supernaturalism

Chapter.  6056 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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