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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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‘A most astonishing opening, furnished by the providence of God’

‘A most astonishing opening, furnished by the providence of God’

Imperialism and the Missionary Conscience

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The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the expansion of the British Empire in the second half of the nineteenth century and the growth of Nonconformist missions. Evangelical Nonconformists considered it their prime duty to convert the souls of the heathen to Christianity. Experience on the mission field also led some missionaries to see as a secondary objective the improvement of the temporal conditions of the people to whom they were called to preach.

Keywords:   Liberals, Nonconformists, British Empire, imperialism, Evangelicals, heathens, Christianity, missionaries

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