History of Missions Lecture 10: Refresh II

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 10 is 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.  Tell me about Paul’s style of mission? How did he travel and work?
  3.  What is the story behind the church of “Thomas Christians”?
  4.  What happened in the 600s AD that was devastating to the Christian Church?
  5.  How did Russia become a predominantly Christian place?
  6.  What happened in the crusades? What was the point?
  7. What things did the Russian missionaries in the 16 & 1700’s do badly?
  8. Who were the Jesuits?
  9. How was translation a useful tool for missionaries?
  10. What tribe in Canada did Jean de Brebeuf evangelise to? What do you remember about them?
  11. Why was China such a difficult place to evangelise in?
  12. Why didn’t the Protestant Churches go on missions before the 16th century? How did they start?

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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