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‘A most astonishing opening, furnished by the providence of God’

Michael R. Watts

in The Dissenters Volume III

Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780198229698
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191744754 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.003.0031
‘A most astonishing opening, furnished by the providence of God’

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This chapter discusses the expansion of the British Empire in the second half of the nineteenth century and the growth of Nonconformist missions. Evangelical Nonconformists considered it their prime duty to convert the souls of the heathen to Christianity. Experience on the mission field also led some missionaries to see as a secondary objective the improvement of the temporal conditions of the people to whom they were called to preach.

Keywords: Liberals; Nonconformists; British Empire; imperialism; Evangelicals; heathens; Christianity; missionaries

Chapter.  9089 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion ; Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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