The Evangelization of the World

A History of Christian Missions
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Written in an engaging style and intended largely for a lay audience, The Evangelization of the World tells the remarkable story of how Christianity grew from an insignificant Jewish sect in the first century until, by the beginning of the twenty-first century, it had become the world’s first truly global religion.

The book is careful to explain historical context and mission theory, but the foci of the narrative are the great personalities of mission—the Apostle Paul, St. Martin of Tours, St. Patrick, St. Francis Xavier, John Eliot, Count Von Zinzendorf, William Carey, Robert Morrison, David Livingstone, Mary Slessor, Albert Schweitzer, and many others—who make this account of the expansion of the church a fascinating and often dramatic tale.

In addition, the book does not neglect the great mission conferences of the twentieth century, nor does it avoid the controversial aspects of mission that, in many instances, continue to vex the movement today.

  • ISBN: 9780878080175
  • Pages: 772
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

Preface

Preface by the Translator

Author’s Postscript to the French Edition

Introduction

Book I: The History of Missions Through the
Late Eighteenth Century

Section I The Church of the First Centuries

  • 1. Apostolic Mission: From the Ascension to
  • the End of the First Century
  • 2. The Mission of the Persecuted Church:
  • From the Apostle John to Constantine (100–313)
  • 3. Evangelization in the Fourth Century:
  • The Imperial Church and Expansion Beyond the Roman Empire

Section II Mission in the Middle Ages

  • 4. The West: From the Fifth to the Eighth Century.
  • 5. Islam and the Decline of Christianity in the East
  • 6. The Last Step in the Expansion of the Church in Europe: From the Ninth to the Tenth Century
  • 7. The Churches of the East and West Confronted by Islam
  • 8. The Extension of the Church beyond Europe (400–1450)

Section III Catholic Mission: From the Renaissance through the Eighteenth Century

  • 9. New Horizons in Europe
  • 10. Catholic Mission in the Americas
  • 11. Catholic Mission in Africa
  • 12. Catholic Mission in Asia and Oceania

Section IV The Emergence of Protestant Mission

  • 13. Protestant Missionary Thought
  • 14. The Beginnings of Protestant Mission
  • 15. The First Missionary Societies (1670–1800)
  • 16. The Moravians

Book II: A Concise History of Missions from 1792 to 1945

Introduction to Book II

Section I The Birth of the Principal Protestant Societies in the Age of Modern Missions

  • 1. Precursors and Founders
  • 2. The Missionary Societies of the “Second Wave”

Section II Protestant Mission in Asia

  • 3. William Carey: “Father of Modern Missions”
  • 4. Protestant Missions in India and Neighboring Countries
  • 5. Protestant Pioneers in China:
  • Robert Morrison and Karl Gutzlaff
  • 6. Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission
  • 7. Protestant Missions in the Far East

Section III The Evangelization of the Pacific Islands

  • 8. Tahiti and the Society Islands
  • 9. Two Pioneers of the Pacific: John Williams and John Paton
  • 10. The Loyalty Islands and New Caledonia

Section IV The Evangelization of Africa

Part One: Southern Africa

  • 11. The First Missionaries in South Africa
  • 12. David Livingstone: Missionary and Explorer
  • 13. Francois Coillard: Founder of the Zambezi Mission

Part Two: West Africa

  • 14. Dramatic Beginnings
  • 15. A Self-supporting Church
  • 16. Coastal Regions of West Africa
  • 17. The Ivory Coast
  • 18. Protestant Mission and the Foundation
  • of the Church in Cameroon
  • 19. The Sudanese Regions

Part Three : Central Africa and Madagascar

  • 20. The Belgian Congo: Exploration, Evangelization,
  • and Foundation of a Church
  • 21. An African Prop het: Simon Kimbangu
  • 22. The Pioneers in the Region of the Great Lakes
  • 23. The Horn of Africa
  • 24. French Equatorial Africa
  • 25. Angola
  • 26. Madagascar

Part Four: North Africa and the Near East

  • 27. Evangelistic Presence in the Maghreb and Egypt
  • 28. The Gospel in the Near East

Section V Protestant Mission in Latin America

  • 29. From Protestant Immigration to Evangelization
  • 30. Development of Protestant Missions in Latin America

Section VI Concluding Points

  • 31. Protestant Mission and Colonization
  • 32. The World Missionary Conferences

Afterword

Bibliography

Index

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