The book investigates facets of global Protestantism through Anglican, Quaker, Episcopalian, Moravian, Lutheran Pietist, and Pentecostal missions to enslaved and indigenous peoples and political reform endeavours in a global purview that spans the 1730s to the 1930s. The book uses key examples to trace both the local and the global impacts of this multi-denominational Christian movement.
The essays in this volume explore three of the critical ways in which Protestant communities were established and became part of a worldwide network: the founding of far-flung missions in which Western missionaries worked alongside enslaved and indigenous converts; the interface between Protestant outreach and political reform endeavours such as abolitionism; and the establishment of a global epistolary through print communication networks.
Demonstrating how Protestantism came to be both global and ecumenical, this book will be a key resource for scholars of religious history, religion and politics, and missiology as well as those interested in issues of postcolonialism and imperialism.
Table of Contents
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Part I: Atlantic Missions to Enslaved and Indigenous Peoples
1 "A Christian Splendour from an Ethnick Sky": The Church of England and the Mohawks in the Eighteenth Century
2 Missions, Slavery, and the Quaker Culture of Activism
3 Christian Latrobe, "Liberty of Conscience," and Slavery in the West Indies and the Western Cape, 1780s-1830s
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4 "A Bulwark of Slavery?": The Moravian Mission and the Abolition of Slavery in their Mission to the Danish West Indies
Part II: Nationalist, Imperialist, and Reform Politics.
5 Double Consciousness and Missionary Work: James Theodore Holly and the Establishment of the Episcopalian Church of Haiti
6 The Forgotten Apostle: Edward Kenney, Cuban Nationalism, and the Episcopalian Church in Nineteenth-century Cuba
7 Commerce, Christianity, and Colonial Philanthropy: George Thompson and the Global Networks of the British India Society, 1838-1843
Part III: Global Communications, Print, and Modernity.
8 Organizing Global Communication among Moravians during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
9 Entangled Mission: Bruno Gutmann, Chagga Rituals, and Christianity, 1890-1930
10 The Pneuma News: Transcontinental Press Networks and the Construction of Modern Pentecostal Identity in the Twentieth Century
Jenna M. Gibbs is Associate Professor of History at Florida International University, USA. She is the author of Performing the Temple of Liberty: Slavery, Theater, and Popular Culture in London and Philadelphia (2014) and The Global Latrobe Family: Evangelicalism, Slavery, and Empire, 1750s-1850s (forthcoming). During the academic year of 2018-2019 she will be a fellow-in-residence at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C.
‘This book’s unique approach and breadth of scholarship will make it a major contribution to our understandings of international, global, and chronological perspectives involving Protestant missions, concepts of race, and modernity.’ – Aaron Fogleman, Presidential Research Professor, Northern Illinois University, USA