In Sixteenth-Century Mission, a diverse cast of contributors explores the wide-reaching practice and theology of mission during this era. Rather than a century bereft of cross-cultural outreach, we find both Reformers and Roman Catholics preaching the gospel and establishing the church in all the world. This overlooked yet rich history reveals themes and insights relevant to the practice of mission today.
… overturns many false assumptions and valuably fills in many gaps: I wish I had read it when I first started teaching church history decades ago.
–Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College
… the most exhilarating collection of essays I have ever reviewed.
–Malcolm B. Yarnell III, research professor of theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of Royal Priesthood in the English Reformation and The Formation of Christian Doctrine
“Rather, the goal was to carefully ‘lay the foundation’ for a ‘truly Chinese and Christian Church’ in the future” (Page 256)
“John Stott’s statement on the proper missionary motive helps us consider how to effectively understand and assess Calvin and Geneva’s relationship to missions.” (Page 117)
Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.
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Robert L. Gallagher (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a professor emeritus of intercultural studies at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is an ordained minister of the Australian National Council of CRC Churches International and the Christian and Missionary Alliance in the United States. He is co-author of Encountering the History of Missions: From the Early Church to Today, Christ among the Nations: Narratives of Transformation in Global Mission and Readings in Global Christianity: Post-Apostolic to 1800 AD.
Edward L. Smither (PhD, University of Wales--Trinity Saint David; PhD, University of Pretoria) is professor and dean of intercultural studies at Columbia International University. He spent 14 years in intercultural ministry in North Africa, France, and the USA. He is author of numerous books, including Christian Mission: A Concise Global History.