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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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An Argument for Overseas Missionary Work

An Argument for Overseas Missionary Work

(p.357) 55 An Argument for Overseas Missionary Work
Early Evangelicalism

William Carey

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This chapter presents excerpts from William Carey's An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens (1792). Carey was born on August 17, 1761, at Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, in England. At age fifteen, he began an apprenticeship as a shoemaker and joined the Baptists in 1783. At Moulton, and after reading about the voyages of Captain James Cook, Carey began working on a pamphlet that he finished after accepting a pastorate at Leicester in 1789. In Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, he made a strong argument for overseas missionary work as a fulfillment of the Great Commission. Carey studied the Bible and found scripture passages that justified the evangelization of non-European nations.

Keywords:   conversion, William Carey, Christians, heathens, Baptists, overseas missionary work, Great Commission, Bible, evangelization, non-European nations

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