Theory and Practice of Missionary Identification (1860-1920)

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Describes and analyzes the nature of and reasons for the gulf between the theory and practice of Western Christian missionary adaptation. Contributes to our understanding of the inseparable link between the medium and the message in the context of cross-cultural communication.
Included among the "Fifteen Outstanding Books of 1990 for Mission Studies" by the editors of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research.


"A detailed scholarly examination of theory and practice of missionary identification with indigenous cultures and churches during the heyday of Western colonial expansion . . . ." - Missiology

". . . meticulously and massively documented study provide[s] a valuable probe into both the theory and actuality of Protestant missionaries efforts to follow St. Paul in becoming `all things to all men.' Adding to the indispensability of this study is a splendid 60-page bibliography and an index." - Journal of African Religions

"This volume represents an important contribution to the debate on the possibilities and extent of missionary identification with local Christians and cultures. . . The strengths are undoubtedly a real understanding of, and feel for, the subject, and an extremely able and detailed research of the material under consideration. . . . a well-written book which will add much to our knowledge of missionary identification in Africa and China" - International Bulletin of Missionary Research

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