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Enlightening the Heathen in Religious Truth: the Scottish Missionary Movement

Esther Breitenbach

in Empire and Scottish Society

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636204
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636204.003.0004
Enlightening the Heathen in Religious Truth: the Scottish Missionary Movement

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This chapter illustrates how the foreign mission movement operated through both local and national forms of organisation and the characteristics of these organisations with reference to Edinburgh-based activity in particular. It notes that this account of Scottish foreign missions is concerned exclusively with Protestant churches and organisations, and in particular focuses on the main Presbyterian churches. It further notes that the Episcopal Church also supported missionary activity, with a Scottish Episcopalian missionary society being formed in 1846, but did not support missions directly until the 1870s. It observes that the Catholic Church in Scotland was a poor church, needing to be built up in the nineteenth century. It was not until 1933 that the Catholic missionary organisation, the White Fathers, established a foundation in Scotland.

Keywords: foreign mission movement; Edinburgh; Protestant churches; Presbyterian churches; Episcopal Church; missionary activity; Catholic Church; Scotland; White Fathers

Chapter.  14329 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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