History of Missions Lecture 5: Refresh

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.

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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:

  1. What are some things you remember about early religious beliefs about gods and their relation to places/locations?
  2.  What are the three main religions to actively evangelise, and what do their founders have in common?
  3. What were three disadvantages of Christianity spreading?
  4.  What were three advantages of Christianity spreading?
  5.  What kinds of people would you say were the first missionaries?
  6.  Tell me about Paul’s style of mission? How did he travel and work?
  7.  What is the story behind the church of “Thomas Christians”?
  8.  Who first brought Christianity to Britain?
  9.  What happened in the 600s AD that was devastating to the Christian Church?
  10.  Who was Columba, and what did he achieve?
  11.  Who was Boniface, and what was the significance of the tree of Thor?
  12.  How did Russia become a predominantly Christian place?
  13.  Tell me about Ramon Lull.
  14.  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?

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Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions (Penguins Books, Great Britain, 1964).

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