Roland Allen

(1868—1947) missionary and theologian

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missionary theorist. He joined the North China Mission of the SPG in 1895, but left Beijing in 1903 when his health broke down. He wrote widely, contrasting the local and indigenous character of the NT Churches, expanding by ‘the unexhorted and unorganized activity of individual members … explaining to others the Gospel which they had found for themselves’, with modern missions which, he felt, imposed foreign direction, kept financial control, and established an alienated professional ministry.

Subjects: Christianity.

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