'Edinburgh and World Christianity'

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In his inaugural lecture as Professor of World Christianity at the
University of Edinburgh, Professor Stanley discusses three individuals
connected to Edinburgh who have major symbolic or actual significance
for the development of world Christianity over the last 150 years. Tiyo
Soga (1829–71) studied in Edinburgh for the ministry of the United
Presbyterian Church, and became the first black South African to be
ordained into the Christian ministry. His Edinburgh theological training
helped to form his keen sense of the dignity and divine destiny of the
African race. Yun Chi’ho (1865–1945) was the sole Korean delegate
at the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910. His
political career illustrates the ambiguities of the connection that developed
between Christianity and Korean nationalism under Japanese colonial
rule. John Alexander Dowie (1847–1907) was a native of Edinburgh and
a student of the University of Edinburgh who went on to found a utopian
Christian community near Chicago – ‘Zion City’. This community and
Dowie’s teachings on the healing power of Christ were formative in the
origins of Pentecostal varieties of Christianity in both southern and West
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-91
Number of pages19
JournalStudies in World Christianity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Tiyo Soga
  • Xhosa
  • Ch'iho Yun
  • Korea
  • John Alexander Dowie
  • Pentecostal healing

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