SECTION FROM THE FOREWARD; The theology of the Christian mission is no longer a subject only for specialists or enthusiasts. It has become a subject in which everyone who wishes to reflect seriously about the task of the Church in our time must interest himself. For the Church is now, in a sense which has not been true for many centuries, in a missionary situation everywhere.
The immense enterprise which usually goes by the name of foreign missions took its rise in a period when the word "Christendom" represented a limited and fairly well-defined part of the inhabited world, and when for centuries the Christian Church had been almost completely isolated from the other great religious cultures of the world. Christendom had become a self-contain society, concerned with its internal problems, and barely conscious of the existence of the rest of the world except for the constant presence on its border of the great culture of Islam which provided a barrier against contact with the religious cultures of India and China. The forms of church life, and the presuppositions of Christian thought, were all shaped by the experiences of this self-enclosed existence. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, when th evangelization of the greater part of the human race had not been begun or even thought of, Bishop Lancelot Andrews could give thanks for "the more marvellous conversion of all the world to the obedience of faith". Christendom had become a largely isolated and self-contained enclave of humanity.
This book, dated 1962, is a collection of essays from a variety of different authors, exploring the impact of missionary work and missionary work itself.
Excellent pages, slight edge-wear.