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Corporate HolinessPulpit Preaching and the Church of England Missionary Societies, 1760-1870$
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Bob Tennant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567850.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Corporate Holiness
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Bob Tennant

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567850.003.0001

Besides giving an overall account of the work, the introduction discusses the multiple and entangled uses of the term ‘mission’ in missionary studies. It notes the failure of modern scholarship to produce a general theory of the Christian missions (Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant) and argues that the basis for such a theory may be found in systems analysis as exemplified in the main chapters, enabling a break from the association of the missions with colonial and imperial expansion. The concept of ‘Christian empire’ is offered as a missiological and ecclesiastical tool. The introduction also includes a ‘note on criticizing sermon literature’ which discusses methodology and the question of the nature of the sermon as evidence for the historian.

Keywords:   missionary studies, general theory, systems analysis, sermons, methodology, Christian empire

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