By Norman E. Thomas,Wilbert R. Shenk

This learn is the 1st accomplished background of the influence of the fashionable missionary circulate at the knowing of and paintings towards Christian harmony. It tells tales from all branches of the church: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant in its many sorts (conciliar, evangelical, Pentecostal, and independent).

Part 1, "Historical," highlights the contribution of recent missions to Christian cohesion, from William Carey and his antecedents and friends to present-day missions.

Part 2, "Ten types of Unity," takes an inductive method of background, asking no longer "how may still Christians cooperate?" yet "how has the missionary stream helped Christians to interact on the neighborhood, nationwide, neighborhood, and worldwide level?"

Part three, "Wider Ecumenism," broadens the facts to incorporate how the missions circulation has helped not just institutional church buildings but additionally broader society to have problem for the harmony of the complete human family members. integrated this is the tale of ways the Protestant missionary circulation stimulated the forming of the United countries in addition to the drafting of the common announcement of Human Rights. The research additionally covers the movement's impression on Christian attitudes towards, and family members with, people of different faiths.

Mission and team spirit is the normal reference paintings within the box for individuals learning smooth background, smooth church historical past, missions, and ecumenics.

"Flowing from a life of scholarship and activism, this well timed booklet on a vintage subject matter may possibly in basic terms be written via Norman Thomas. His panoramic but thorough remedy of 'missions and cohesion' can assist to revive this topic to the principal position it merits in undertaking praxis. this beneficial ebook belongs at the shelf of everybody who cares in regards to the persevered relevance of Jesus' visions for his followers."
--Dana L. Robert
Truman Collins Professor of global Christianity and heritage of Mission
Boston college institution of Theology

"It is usually remarked that missionary paintings and efforts of Christian solidarity are vitally associated. What Norman Thomas has proven in those pages is how especially true this is often. i do not understand of the other resource that treats the subject of missions and solidarity with related intensity, readability, and cautious scholarship. This books is a present to missiology."
--Stephen Bevans, SVD
Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of project and Culture
Catholic Theological Union

"Common participation in undertaking has regularly been the main strong solvent of the historical divisions among church buildings. but Christians have usually disagreed in regards to the applicable technique of challenge, and will fight to agree even concerning the pursuits of challenge. the dual topics of venture and cohesion are therefore intertwined in complicated and ambiguous methods during the historical past of the Church. Norman Thomas's booklet is a well timed and worthy reminder of that ambiguous but inescapable relationship."
--Brian Stanley
Professor of global Christianity
University of Edinburgh

"This ebook is quintessentially Thomas. i do know of not anyone extra aptly skilled or academically able to scripting this immensely valuable old review of the interstices of global missions and the ecumenical flow. it will develop into a customary reference at the theme."
--Jonathan J. Bonk
Executive Director
Overseas Ministries research Center

Norman E. Thomas is Professor Emeritus of global Christianity at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, united states. he's the editor of vintage Texts in project and global Christianity (1995) and of the overseas venture Bibliography: 1960-2000 (2003).

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