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An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920

Jay Riley Case


Missionaries have often been cast as cultural imperialists, but the evangelical engagement with new movements of world Christianity in the nineteenth century reveals a different process at work. Evangelical missionaries had little ability to control these new movements, which unfolded according to the terms of indigenous cultures and democratization. As a result, missionaries often had to readjust their efforts in the face of these new developments. These dynamics unfolded in this manner because evangelicalism contained within it paradoxes of power, culture, and influence. Evangelical characte ... More

Keywords: evangelicalism, world Christianity, missionary, civilization, democratization, Baptist, Methodist, African American, Pentecostal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199772322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Riley Case, author
Malone University