THE FOLLOWING ARE NOTES FOR LECTURES GIVEN AT NEW COLLEGE, BIRMINGHAM. I AM NOT AN EXPERT AND BOOKS WILL BE CREDITED TO SHOW WHERE MY INFORMATION IS COMING FROM. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, COMMENT ON THIS POST AND I WILL TRY MY BEST TO ANSWER.
Lecture 5 was a selection of questions to test what the class knew about what had already been taught. It’s always a good idea to go back over your notes to get a feel for what you might have forgotten.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- What are some things you remember about early religious beliefs about gods and their relation to places/locations?
- What are the three main religions to actively evangelise, and what do their founders have in common?
- What were three disadvantages of Christianity spreading?
- What were three advantages of Christianity spreading?
- What kinds of people would you say were the first missionaries?
- Tell me about Paul’s style of mission? How did he travel and work?
- What is the story behind the church of “Thomas Christians”?
- Who first brought Christianity to Britain?
- What happened in the 600s AD that was devastating to the Christian Church?
- Who was Columba, and what did he achieve?
- Who was Boniface, and what was the significance of the tree of Thor?
- How did Russia become a predominantly Christian place?
- Tell me about Ramon Lull.
- What happened in the crusades? What was the point?
Final question: What have you learnt (both positive and negative) about mission work and missionaries? If you were to go now, who would you reach out to and why?
Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions (Penguins Books, Great Britain, 1964).
- History of Missions Lecture 1: Introduction (ekmcronin.wordpress.com)
- History of Missions Lecture 2: Roman Empire 100-500 (ekmcronin.wordpress.com)
- History of Missions Lecture 3: The Dark Ages (ekmcronin.wordpress.com)
- History of Missions Lecture 4: 1000-1500 AD (ekmcronin.wordpress.com)