The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910

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The World Missionary Conference in 1910 was a defining event in the history of world missions. Brian Stanley here presents his careful research revealing the compelling story of this turbulent, influential gathering in Edinburgh. This book is both an account of the conference itself and an examination of the Protestant missionary movement as it neared the apex of its size and influence. / The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910 is an erudite and engaging summation of, in Stanley's own words, "the many-sided legacy of the Edinburgh conference, not simply for the history of the ecumenical movement but also for Christian missions and the wider field of Christian discourse on questions of race and culture."

Author Biography

Brian Stanley is director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List Of Illustrationsp. xvi
Abbreviationsp. xviii
Prefacep. xx
Visions of the Kingdom: Edinburgh 1910 and the History of Christianityp. 1
Expectations of a New Agep. 1
An Evangelical Crusade Founded on 'the Science of Missions'p. 3
Edinburgh 1910 in Retrospectp. 5
Edinburgh 1910 and the History of Ecumenismp. 7
A Representative Conference?p. 12
Christianity on the Cusp of Transfigurationp. 13
Origins and Preparationsp. 18
The 'Third Ecumenical Missionary Conference'p. 18
J.H. Oldham and George Robson Make Their Presence Feltp. 23
Deciding on the Model for Edinburgh 1910p. 26
Broadening the Base of Planningp. 28
Shaping the Eight Commissionsp. 32
The Central Advisory Committee and Its Secretaryp. 35
Changing the Title of the Conferencep. 36
The Inclusion of National Christians and the Exclusion of Faith and Orderp. 37
Oldham Gets to Workp. 41
The Financing of the Conferencep. 44
Carrying the Gospel to All the World? Defining the Limits of Christendomp. 49
A Mission to All Humanity?p. 49
Commission I and the Problem of Statisticsp. 50
The Conference Hangs in the Balancep. 55
Oldham in New Yorkp. 59
Resolving the Hard Casesp. 63
The Anglican Position Clarifiedp. 65
Evangelical Reactionsp. 67
Negotiations with the Archbishiop of Canterburyp. 68
The Unity of Christendom Preserved - But at What Price?p. 71
The Conference in Sessionp. 73
Conference Logisticsp. 73
The Opening of the Conferencep. 77
The Assembly Hall of the United Free Church of Scotlandp. 82
The Conference Programmep. 84
The Conduct of Debatep. 85
The Spirituality of the Conferencep. 88
'Give Us Friends!' The Voice of the 'Younger' Churchesp. 91
The Non-Western Presence at Edinburghp. 91
The Virtual Absence of Africap. 97
The Missionary Societies and Indigenous Representation at Edinburghp. 102
Cheng Jingyi and the Call for a United Church in Chinap. 107
Christianity and the National Spirit: Four Voices from Japan - Harada Tasuku, Honda Yoitsu, Ibuka Kajinosuke, and Chiba Yugorop. 111
Yun Ch'iho and Christian Nationalism in Koreap. 118
V. S. Azariah and the Challenge of Inter-Cultural Friendshipp. 121
Pleas for an Asian Theologyp. 130
The Church of the Three Selvesp. 132
A Church-Centric Conferencep. 132
The Three-Self Principle: Rhetoric and Realityp. 133
Church Organization and the 'Native Mind'p. 135
The Remuneration of National Workersp. 137
Failures in Self-Supportp. 141
Issues of Christian Nurture and Discipleshipp. 149
Theology and Spiritual Lifep. 159
The Aims of Mission Education: Cultural 'Accommodation' and the Catholicity of Christianityp. 167
The Brief, Composition, and Mode of Operation of Commission IIIp. 167
The American Reception of the British Drafts of the Commission III Reportp. 169
An Anglophone Perspectivep. 173
Defining the Purposes of Mission Educationp. 176
Education as a Form of Evangelismp. 178
Education as a Strategy for a Three-Self Churchp. 182
Education as the Diffusion of Christian Influencep. 186
Education as the Key to Catholicityp. 193
The Legacy of the Commission III Reportp. 198
Appendix: Commission III Questionnairep. 202
Fulfilment and Challenge: Christianity and the World Faithsp. 205
Previous Scholarship on Commission IVp. 205
The Membership of Commission IVp. 208
The Theology and Religious Perspective of Commission IVp. 211
The Relation of Hinduism to Christianityp. 214
T. E. Slater and the Case for Concentration on 'Higher Hinduism'p. 220
The Influence of Alfred George Hoggp. 222
The Relation of Islam to Christianityp. 227
The Religions of Japan and Chinap. 231
'Animistic' Religions and the Neglect of Africap. 235
Assessing Edinburgh's Theology of Fulfilmentp. 245
Missions, Empire, and the Hierarchy of Civilizationp. 248
Missions and Governments: The Membership of Commission VIIp. 248
A Hierarchy of Civilizationp. 254
Missionaries and Politicsp. 260
The Colonial View of Missionsp. 264
The Impact of the Commission VII Reportp. 269
British Questionnairep. 274
American Questionnairep. 276
Missionary Co-operation: Its Limits and Implicationsp. 277
The Dilemma of Edinburgh: Missionary Co-operation or the Promotion of Christian Unity?p. 277
Existing Instruments of Missionary Co-operationp. 281
The German Proposal for an International Missionary Commissionp. 284
The Commission VIII Meeting of 21-23 December 1909p. 285
The America Circular Letterp. 288
British Hesitations Overcome: Walter H. Frere, John H. Ritson, and the Birth of the Idea of the Continuation Committeep. 290
The Commission VIII Debate and the Creation of the Continuation Committeep. 297
The Legacy of Edinburgh 1910p. 303
Missionary Perceptions of East, West, and Southp. 303
Race and Culturep. 307
The Pursuit of Church Union in Asiap. 310
The Role of Women in Missionp. 312
New Patterns of Missionary Study and Trainingp. 316
Co-operation in Mission: New Initiatives in Britainp. 317
Western Ecclesiastical Divisions and the Changing Contours of World Christianityp. 320
Bibliographyp. 325
Indexp. 342
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