The changing face of mission studies since the Nineteenth Century

Brian Stanley

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter surveys the main trends in the emergence and evolution of the academic study of Christian missions since the late nineteenth century. It notes the pioneering roles in the development of “the science of missions” (Missionswissenschaft) played by the Catholic Joseph Schmidlin and the Protestants Gustav Warneck and J. H. Oldham, secretary of the World Missionary Conference 1910, and founding editor of the International Review of Missions (1912). The chapter goes on to discuss the changing relationship of mission studies or “missiology” to new fields of study, such as the history of religions and later of “world Christianity.” Attention is paid to the formation of the International Association for Mission Studies in 1972. Recent years have witnessed the gradual diversification of the mission studies community, which is now fully ecumenical, inclusive in terms of gender, and more reflective of the contributions of non-Western scholars and church leaders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Mission Studies
EditorsKirsteen Kim, Knud Jørgensen, Alison Fitchett-Climenhaga
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780191869587
ISBN (Print)9780198831723
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • mission studies
  • missiology
  • science of missions
  • Missionswissenschaft
  • Joseph Schmidlin
  • Gustav Warneck
  • J. H. Oldham
  • International Association for Mission Studies
  • world Christianity


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