Subject Area: Mission Studies

African Theology of Mission
1990 0-88946-073-6


BartolomÉ De Las Casas (1474-1566) in the Pages of Father Antonio De Remesal
2002 0-7734-7131-6


Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 3: I - L
1997 0-7734-8682-8
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 5: P-Q
1998 0-7734-8686-0
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 6: R-Smi
1999 0-7734-8688-7
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 7: Smo-Sym
1999 0-7734-8022-6
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 9: W
1999 0-7734-8026-9
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Study of Ingwer Ludwig Nommensen (1834-1918), Pioneer Missionary to the Bataks of Sumatra
1996 0-7734-8963-0
Based on primary and secondary sources, this study evaluates Nommensen's basic beliefs, his missionary methods, collegial spirit, and his strategy from missiological, ecclesial and sociological perspectives. Face-to-face interviews with living relatives, native Bataks, and German colleagues have enabled the author to shed significant light on his methods, style, and achievements as a missionary. In dealing with his missionary endeavors in the context of his particular setting (among the Bataks of North Sumatra in Indonesia), the biography notes his interdependence in working with others and the kind of indigenization of the Christian faith he and his co-workers brought about.

Catholic Missionaries Within and Beyond the Politics of Exclusivity in Colonial Malawi (1901-1945)
1999 0-7734-7985-6


Concept of Ethnicity in the Bible: A Theological Analysis
2008 0-7734-4898-5
This work examines biblically and convenantally the origin, goal, dynamics, and role that ethnicity has played in multi-ethnic contexts in missional, civil, and ecclesial spheres.

Daily Calendar of John Wesley’s Evangelical Travels in Georgia, the British Isles, Holland and Germany
2003 0-7734-6801-3
This three-volume reference work will interest scholars in the disciplines of 18th- century church history, geography, and travel. The complier has gathered the specific details from Wesley’s correspondence, diaries, journals, and prose works, and complied a calendar (organized by month, day, year) covering the period from 3 November 1721 to 2 March 1791.

Daily Calendar of John Wesley’s Evangelical Travels in Georgia, the British Isles, Holland and Germany
2003 0-7734-6805-6
This three-volume reference work will interest scholars in the disciplines of 18th- century church history, geography, and travel. The complier has gathered the specific details from Wesley’s correspondence, diaries, journals, and prose works, and complied a calendar (organized by month, day, year) covering the period from 3 November 1721 to 2 March 1791.

Discovery of the Banian Religion and the Religion of the Persees: A Critical Edition of Two Early English Works on Indian Religions Henry Lord’s a Display of Two Foreign Sects in the East Indies
1999 0-7734-7928-7
Published in 1630, Henry Lord's book was the first in English to be entirely devoted to discussion of Indian religions, and represents the first serious attempt to go beyond reports by travellers of the strange religious beliefs and practices that they had observed in India. Lord was a chaplain, rather than a missionary, and made a serious attempt to understand the religions rather than condemn them. The display was used as a source by later European writers on Indian religions, most notably François Bernier. By identifying the relevant persons (mythological as well as historical), groups, texts and places, this critical edition does much to make Lord's work more accessible.

E. C. Bridgman (1801-1861), America’s First Missionary to China
2000 0-7734-7733-0
This biography critically examines the life and career of Elijah Coleman Bridgman. Bridgman was sent to the port of Canton in southern China in 1830 as a representative of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. One of the small number of Protestant missionaries who arrived in China prior to the Opium War, he played a key role as a pioneering scholar and cultural intermediary, laying the foundations for American sinology and shaping the development of early Sino-American relations. Editor of the world’s first major journal of sinology, The Chinese Repository, Bridgman became America’s first ‘China expert’. Among his other works was the first Chinese language history of the USA, and he also contributed greatly to the formulation of America’s first treaty with the Chinese government. “This is an exceptional book; one could even call it a tour de force. It is farm more than the life of Elijah Coleman Bridgman, the first American missionary to China. It is a book that captures a life, an era, and an important cross-cultural encounter. . . . The author of this book is alive to every nuance here, his prodigious research and familiarity with his sources is apparent on every page, including recent publications in Chinese. He picks his way through this minefield with crystal clarity for his readers, and his account is balanced, judicial and impartial. The story is gripping and focused, to the degree that it is ‘difficult to put down.’ . . . . This is a book for moralists, politicians, businessmen, diplomats, theologians, and historians as well as sinologists.” – Asian Affairs “. . . an interesting and thoughtful biography. . . .Lazich also details life in the Canton factories and the foreigners dealings with the Chinese in the 1830s and 1840s, and gives glimpses of life elsewhere along the China coast. The author has the great ability to place the reader on the scene. This work is well-written and solidly researched. . . “ – Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal “Lazich is a meticulous craftsman and his prose throughout the book is crystal clear and finely honed. He has the ability to integrate substantive data in the form of quotations and paraphrasing with well stated mini-analysis of this same material. . . scholars in a number of disciplines such as Chinese history, mission history, the history of Christianity, and the history of Sino-western relations would find interesting and important. It is also a major contribution to Sino-American studies and to diplomatic history. . . It is a book that captures a life, an era, and an important cross cultural encounter.” – Murray A. Rubinstein “This book is an important contribution to the field of Sino-American history. . . . a carefully-researched and thoughtful study by the China historian Michael C. Lazich. Bridgman was a complex figure whose strengths and flaws contended for dominance. This complexity is admirably handled in a portrait that is both objective and empathetic. This is no work of hagiography, but neither is it an unsympathetic portrayal of a man whose view of Christianity was fused, for better or worse, with a triumphal view of nineteenth-century American culture.” – D. E. Mungello “Lazich provides not only detailed textual analyses of Bridgman’s writing but clearly analyzes the wider social context within which Bridgman wrote. This wider historical context includes the relations between economic and religious institutions, the cleavage between British and American interests in the Opium war, the interdenominational conflicts over Biblical translations, and the evolving relations between Protestant missionaries and Chinese society. This carefully researched study of the first American Missionary in China makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the foreign missionary movement in Asia through the lifework of a pioneer in China.” – Marion Kilson

Empirical Studies of African Independent/ Indigenous Churches
1992 0-7734-9588-6
Essays on how the African Independent/Indigenous Churches experience and interpret their religion, their relationship to the Black experience, and the effectiveness of religious expression with regard to their needs. Topics include oral history in the Nazaretha church, the Iviyo LoFakazi BakaKristu and other renewal movements, theological issues in African Independent Churches, healing, exorcism, and involvement and creative development.

Essays and Sermons of William James Potter (1829-1893), Unitarian Minister and Freethinker
2004 0-7734-6593-6
William James Potter is best viewed as a radical minister in the American freethought tradition during the second half of the 19th century. He shifted from his Quaker foundation to Unitarian Christianity, influenced by Transcendentalist thinkers, especially Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker. Later, influenced by Charles Darwin, he modified his transcendental perspective for a more empirical orientation. This collection makes available many of his collected essays and sermons.

Essays and Sermons of William James Potter (1829-1893), Unitarian Minister and Freethinker
2003 0-7734-6595-2
William James Potter is best viewed as a radical minister in the American freethought tradition during the second half of the 19th century. He shifted from his Quaker foundation to Unitarian Christianity, influenced by Transcendentalist thinkers, especially Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker. Later, influenced by Charles Darwin, he modified his transcendental perspective for a more empirical orientation. This collection makes available many of his collected essays and sermons.

Evacuation of Shekomeko and the Early Moravian Missions to Native North Americans
1995 0-7734-9141-4
Based on extensive handwritten Moravian sources, but also using ethno-historical methods, this study evaluates the approach of the missionaries and the Native Americans' response in light of the reactions of the colonial whites who desired the destruction of the mission. It is an important contribution to the contemporary missiological debate on contextualization. It also explores the conflict between Church/mission and State/society in view of Americanization processes, examining early American racism and its effects beyond the closing of Shekomeko to the Native American communities at large, especially with regard to their growing resistance to the Christian message. It contributes not only to missiology but also to the ethnohistory of America and anthropology and sociology, especially in the narrower fields of peace and racial studies.

Impact of Christian Missions on Indigenous Cultures: The Real People and the Unreal Gospel
1991 0-88946-072-8
Provides a theological, historical, and methodological analysis of the impact of Christian missions on indigenous cultures by examining Alaska as a case study. Demonstrates that Protestant missionaries carried a "gospel" of Western civilization intended to Americanize the native peoples of Alaska. Describes approaches taken among the Inupiat and Yuit peoples (translated: the "real people.")

Impact of Christianity on Colonial Maya, Ancient Mexico, China, and Japan. How a Monotheistic Religion Was Received by Several Pagan Societies
2008 0-7734-5145-5
This book looks at the impact of Western Christianity on the native peoples of Mexico and Central America, as well as of China and Japan. The work thoroughly describes the collision of Christianity and paganism, asserting that the encounter is best understood via a full examination of their underlying cosmological points of view.

Implementation of Vatican II in Eastern Africa: The Contribution of Bishop Vincent Mccauley, Csc
2009 0-7734-4701-6
This work examines Vincent McCauley’s great contribution to the church of Eastern Africa through his implementation of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). McCauley served the church in Eastern Africa for almost 25 years, implementing his ideas on the importance of indigenous clergy and education, which he had learned as a missionary in East Bengal.

Inculturation of the Christian Mission to Heal in the South African Context
1999 0-7734-8023-4
One of the most visible phenomena in African Christianity is the growth of churches and sects offering healing. It is happening throughout the continent but is most marked in South Africa. This volume examines this phenomenon from different angles to present a comprehensive understanding from medical, psychological, cultural, socio-economic, philosophical, and theological perspectives. Starting with this description of religious healing, Bate develops a theological model within which this experience can be articulated in terms of the Church's mission to heal. He does this using the increasingly important theological notion of inculturation.

Issues of Gender, Race, and Class in the Norwegian Missionary Society in Nineteenth-Century Norway and Madagascar
2003 0-7734-6640-1
With a focus on missionary women and men in the Norwegian Missionary Society in Madagascar and Norway, this study provides an in-depth examination of how gender relations are negotiated in a religious organization. The time period covered (1860-1910) coincides with colonial efforts of major European states. The book also discusses how aspects of class, race and sexuality must be taken into account in studies of gender relations in the missionary movement. It shows, for example, how marriage propositions and sexual relations between white missionaries and black converts were dealt with by the mission organization in Madagascar. Other topics include the attempts of Norwegian missionary women to impart a form of domesticity to Malagasy girls, their efforts to establish direct links with the broader feminist movement, and the gradual democratization of the mission organization both in Norway and Madagascar.

Japanese Translations of the Jesuit Mission Press, 1590-1614
2002 0-7734-6918-4


John Wesley in Ireland, 1747-1789 Vol. 1
1993 0-7734-9243-7
John Wesley's forty-three-year mission to Ireland has been inscribed, permanently and significantly, into the history of religion among the Irish, both in Ireland and North America. He converted some 14,000 Irish to Methodism. Many of those immigrated to North America between 1760 and 1775, extending Wesley's influence throughout colonial America.

John Wesley in Ireland, 1747-1789 Vol. 2
1993 0-7734-9245-3
John Wesley's forty-three-year mission to Ireland has been inscribed, permanently and significantly, into the history of religion among the Irish, both in Ireland and North America. He converted some 14,000 Irish to Methodism. Many of those immigrated to North America between 1760 and 1775, extending Wesley's influence throughout colonial America.

John Wesley in Wales, 1739-1790 Lions and Lambs
1994 0-7734-9397-2
Highlights the value of Wesley's experiences in Wales, beginning Oct. 15, 1739 and continuing intermittently though August 21, 1790, using Wesley's thoughts and observations through his letters, journals, and diaries.

John Wesley's Mission to Scotland, 1751-1790
1989 0-88946-070-1
Describes John Wesley's experiences and activities during his forays into Scotland. Analyzes Wesley's efforts to convert the Scots and casts light on those opposing such conversion.

Journals of Church Missionary Society Agent, James Thomas in Mid-Nineteenth Century Nigeria Introduction and Notes by Femi J. Kolapo
2012 0-7734-2935-2
This book consists of the complete compiled transcriptions of a nineteenth-century Christian missionary in Nigeria. James Thomas was born into slavery, and then converted to Christianity. Later in his adult life he was transformed was rescued from slavery by a British anti-slave trade squadron. He was then turned into a Christian missionary who converted people and built churches in Nigeria. This book not only gives a rich history of certain regions of Nigeria in the nineteenth-century, it also shows how Christianity and the slave trade molded its history as well. The book shows the history of the Nigerian Middle Belt, including the Niger-Benue Confluence area.

The author has compiled diaries and letters of James Thomas, a Church of England native missionary to Nigeria’s Niger-Benue Confluence area (or Upper Niger River). Transcribed are the letters and diaries from original archival sources and they are here provided with an introduction and annotations. As primary source documents they detail the career of James Thomas and his colleagues at their mission posts during about two decades of service.

They also provide information on the introduction of missionary Christianity to interior Nigeria. Some of the prospects and challenges that the missionary Christianization program faced in mid-nineteenth century Niger-Benue Confluence area of Nigeria are documented.

These letters and diaries open a revealing window onto the economic, political, cultural and social developments ongoing in the immediate vicinity and in the larger region of the Niger-Benue confluence area during the second half of the 19th century. There are glimpses into the early moments and the gradual process of the project of modernization to this part of Nigeria. James Thomas’s documents highlight the local and regional contexts of wars, displacement, and enslavement that various communities of Niger-Benue confluence area witnessed at this time. It shows how these processes were linked to the wider global currents that swept across both the Atlantic and the Sahara.

Legacy of Scottish Missionaries in Malawi
1992 0-7734-9574-6
This study examines the attempt of the Central African Mission, and the work of the Scots, as they sought to fulfill Livingstone's vision of a missionary enterprise engaged in trade and commerce between Britain, Scotland and Malawi. It develops a full picture of the Scottish enterprise by examining both their internal policies on conversion, education, African culture and relations with Malawians, and their external policies focusing on socio-political involvement. The study contributes to knowledge of Malawi in the areas of missiology, and colonial history and politics, and gives insight into the attitude of Scottish churches and the Foreign Office.

Life and Thought of Henry Gerhard Appenzeller (1858-1902), Missionary to Korea
1989 0-88946-069-8
Biography of the pioneering founder of Methodism in Korea who played a crucial role in opening Korea to the West.

Life of David Peter Faure, a Unitarian in South Africa
2010 0-7734-1289-1
This exploration of Faure’s life provides not only the history of an individual but also information on the controversies in the political, spiritual, judicial and journalistic worlds which were shaping South Africa on the road to Union and apartheid.

Mary Jane Forbes Greene (1845-1910) Mother of the Japan Mission an Anthropological Portrait
1991 0-7734-9728-5
Presents a case study of a pioneering Protestant missionary wife and mother whose years in Japan spanned the Meiji era. Based upon personal correspondence and mission records, the portrait is organized sociologically rather than chronologically. Begins with brief discussion of the foreign missionary movement as a significant component of 19th century western expansion, sociological sketches of the contexts of her life, analysis of her social relationships, finally her role as mediator between Japanese and American culture. Contributes to the study of the American foreign missionaries movement and the understanding of late 19th century American women's lives while demonstrating the utility of anthropological categories and constructs in such studies.

Medicine and Scottish Missionaries in the Northern Malawi Region, 1875 - 1930
2007 0-7734-5341-5
This study examines medicine and health, colonialism and Christian missionary efforts in Central Africa through the case-study of the Livingstonia Mission of the Free Church of Scotland in Malawi between 1875 and 1930. The author describes ideas, practices and experiences of illness, health and medicine among missionaries, Africans and colonialists in the Northern Malawi region. This book contains two color maps.

Mission of the Church in Methodist Perspective the World is My Parish
1992 0-7734-9157-0
This book examines the nature of the church's mission in the world from a basis of sound scholarship on biblical, historical and systematic theology. Writing from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective, the essays consider mission in the context of Scripture, John Wesley, the growth of institutions, ecclesiological vision, social justice, church growth and religious dialogue.

Missionary Rivalry and Educational Expansion in Nigeria, 1885-1945
1999 0-7734-8153-2
Evidence abounds in the research literature to show that wherever the Protestant and Catholic missionaries met in Africa, opposition, antagonism and rivalry flared between them. In Nigeria, missionary rivalry was even more intense. Education was an essential part of their ‘civilizing' mission because it was a way of winning converts, training Nigerian workers and catechists, and creating a Nigerian middle class. However, the rapid expansion of education, particularly in southern Nigeria, was actually the accidental outcome of missionary rivalry rather than the result of an altruistic policy to provide expanded educational opportunities for the Nigerian populace.

Missions and Missionaries in the Pacific
1986 0-88946-705-6


Model Four-Semester Syllabus for Transcultural Theology Overseas
1986 0-88946-047-7
A complete syllabus devised for TEFO (Theological Education and Formation Overseas), as taught in Tanzania from August 1981 through June 1983.

Perspectives in Theology and Mission From South Africa Signs of the Times
1993 0-7734-1950-0
The unifying factor in this collection is that all the writers are involved at some level in the project of liberation inasmuch as they are mostly theological educators. Several propositions concerning the church in mission and evangelism are treated in such a way that they resonate strongly with `the new approach to the Christian mission' as propounded by Professor Willem Krige.

Religion and Resistance in the Encounter Between the Coeur D’alene Indians and Jesuit Missionaries
2002 0-7734-6926-5
For scholars of anthropology there is a serious gap in works on Indian peoples of the Northwest, and the Columbia Plateau in particular. This study of the Coeur d’Alene people’s religion and spirituality, and its relationship to Jesuit/Catholic spirituality from the mid 19th century on is unique in the field. An important element is the examination of the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises and their place in mission identity.

Repression, Resistance, and Revival of the Ancestor Cult in the Shona Churches of Zimbabwe: A Study in the Persistence of a Traditional Religious Belief
2010 0-7734-3682-0
This historical analysis of the evangelization of the Shona by both European missionaries and native evangelists examines the idea of a cross-cultural blending of Christianity and the Shona to create an Africanized Christianity. The author proposes a Christological approach where Jesus is seen as the ancestor par excellence in whom physical and spiritual needs are fulfilled.

Reverend William Proudfoot and the United Secession Mission in Canada
1992 0-7734-9446-4
This is the only study written of the United Presbyterians in Canada. It surveys the role and significant contributions of a Scottish Church in early 19th-century Upper Canada's (Canada West's) society and politics. It examines the place of the Secession Church in Canadian religious history and assesses the importance of Proudfoot's contribution. In particular, his views on the Church as being too Scottish and his attempts to make it more "Canadian" are considered. Shows how his faith shaped his view of politics and society and his conception of the role of the Church in Canadian society.

Selected Writings of Hiram Bingham (1814-1869), Missionary to the Hawaiian Islands to Raise the Lord's Banner
1988 0-88946-675-0
Excerpts from the correspondence, never before published, of this pioneer missionary to Hawaii who played such a controversial role in the Islands' history. Records the crucial period when much of the indigenous leadership chose to convert to Christianity and may correct the generally negative caricature that survives in 19th- and 20th-century depictions of Bingham's work (such as Michener's Hawaii).

Structure of the Missionary Call to the Sandwich Islands, 1790-1830. Sojourners Among Strangers
1991 0-7734-9938-5
Looks at the theological, institutional, and personal foundations for the establishment of the mission field in Hawaii Foreign Missions. Discusses New England Calvinist theology and its institutional commitment to missionary activity. Profiles members of the 1820 and 1823 missionary companies to Hawaii in terms of their theology, conversion experience, expectations of missionary life, and response to the Hawaiians.

Sufferings, Assassinations, and Martyrdom of the Missionary Church in Olancho, Honduras (1963-1982)
2011 0-7734-3952-8
This text is an English translation of Sister Mary Garcia’s personal experience in Honduras. While describing the conflict between Church-backed agrarian reformers and land owners in Honduras during the late 1960s and 1970s, the book details how Sister Mary interacted with the campesinos, how she defended their interests, and how she transformed the Honduran Catholic Church’s image into a defender of the poor. The book further provides her account of the massacres at La Talanquera in 1972 and Los Horcones in 1975.

Theology of Christian Mission: What Should the Church Seek to Accomplish
2008 0-7734-5024-6
This work examines the purpose of the religious mission. Following Christ who Himself showed absolute humility, the essence of missions should be to humbly, but also boldly, proclaim the salvation in Him. Following this rationale, the study argues for its application to continent of Africa where poverty should be considered from the perspective of human beings’ responsibility before God.

Theory and Practice of Missionary Identification (1860-1920)
1990 0-88946-071-X
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.

William Arnot Mather, American Missionary to China and Richard Burroughs Mather, Professor of Chinese: The Biography and Autobiography of a Father and Son
2010 0-7734-1314-6
This double biography presents the multi-generational and cross-cultural impact of the missionary William Arnot Mather. William Mather who developed an ingenious system of transcribing the Scriptures into Chinese phonetic script spent his last years completing his phonetic Bible dictionary. Richard Mather expressed his own profound respect for China and commitment to promoting language and cultural literacy by pursuing another kind of missionary work: pioneering Chinese studies at the University of Minnesota. For nearly four decades, Richard made generations of grateful students “China

William Kurelek's Huronia Mission Paintings
1991 0-7734-9731-5
This volume presents a biographical synopsis of Kurelek's life and work, to better place each of the 21 paintings in the perspective of the artist's temperament. Each reproduction is followed by a commentary that is a highly informative blend of aesthetics, history, theology, linguistics, geography, and ethnography. The result is a sustained meditation on what actually transpired between the Hurons, Iroquois, and the eight French missionaries who were destined for martyrdom. This volume provides a valuable effort to enter into the vision of Christianity which animates the pictures themselves, and to account for what Kurelek was able to portray about the daily life and spiritual vision of the Jesuits and their companions, about the Hurons and the Iroquois. This book will be a useful introduction to the Christian experiment that was Huronia, and an initial interpretation of Kurelek's paintings. This volume combines an historian's objectivity, a scholar's criticism, and an art lover's enthusiasm.