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Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Mercer Press
Publication Date: 1992
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The Westminster Handbook to Women in American Religious HistorySusan Hill Lindley, Eleanor J. StebnerWestminster John Knox Press / 2008 / Trade Paperback$31.50 Retail:
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Historical evidence, however, gives lie to the truism that women missionaries were and are doers but not thinkers, reactive secondary figures rather than proactive primary ones. The first American women to serve as foreign missionaries in 1812 were among the best-educated women of their time. Although barred from obtaining the college education or ministerial credentials of their husbands, the early missionary wives had read their Jonathan Edwards and Samuel Hopkins. Not only did they go abroad with particular theologies to share, but their identities as women caused them to develop gender-based mission theories. Early nineteenth-century women seldom wrote theologies of mission, but they wrote letters and kept journals that reveal a thought world and set of assumptions about women's roles in the missionary task. The activities of missionary wives were not random: they were part of a mission strategy that gave women a particular role inthe advancement of the reign of God.
By moving from mission field to mission field in chronological order of missionary presence, Robert charts missiological developments as they took place in dialogue with the urgent context of the day. Each case study marks the beginning of the mission theory. Baptist women in Burma, for example, are only considered in their first decades there and are not traced into the present. Robert believes that at this early stage of research into women's mission theory, integrity and analysis lies more in a succession of contextualized case studies than in gross generalizations.
Chang Hyun Geer5 Stars Out Of 5September 22, 2009Chang Hyun GeerIt is excellent book for learning about modern global history. I learned so much about where I came from in the context of social history. I have questions to ask in re "Woman's Work for Woman" Why did women in Methodist Episcopal Church use a singular 'Woman's rather than 'women's work for women'? Please send this question to the author. Thank you Chang Hyun Geer