An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920 by Jay Riley Case

An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920

byJay Riley Case

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The astonishing growth of Christianity in the global south over the course of the twentieth century has sparked an equally rapid growth in studies of 'World Christianity,' which have dismantled the notion that Christianity is a Western religion. What, then, are we to make of the waves ofWestern missionaries who have, for centuries, been evangelizing in the global south? Were they merely, as many have argued, agents of imperialism out to impose Western values? In Missionary Passages, Jay Case examines the efforts of American evangelical missionaries in light of this new scholarship. He argues that if they were agents of imperialism, they were poor ones. Western missionaries had a dismal record of converting non-Westerners to Christianity. The ministriesthat were most successful were those that empowered the local population and adapted to local cultures. In fact, influence often flowed the other way, with missionaries serving as conduits for ideas that shaped American evangelicalism. Case traces these currents and sheds new light on therelationship between Western and non-Western Christianities.

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Jay Riley Case is Associate Professor of History at Malone University, Canton, Ohio.

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Title:An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One1. American Baptists and the ''Wild'' Karen People of Burma2. The Challenge of Karen Christianity3. The Native Ministry in the United StatesPart Two4. An Appalachian Revivalist in Queen Victoria's Colonies5. The Circuit-Riding Missionary and Gilded Age MethodismPart Three6. The African American Great Awakening7. The AME Church and South AfricaPart Four8. Holiness Conversions9. And Ever the Twain Shall MeetEpilogueNotesIndex