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Considered by some to be the authoritative textbook on the subject of missions, An Introduction to the Science of Missions deals with many of the issues considered problematic in missions. Some of these issues include topics such as the reason for missions, missionary approach, and the aim of missions. Originally published in 1954 under the title Inleiding in de Zendingswetenschap, in Dutch this version has been translated by Dr David Hugh Freeman of the Philosophy Department at Rhode Island University. 323 pages.
For several decades, this book has been recognized as an important textbook in the field of missions. Now not only foreign missionaries, but also pastors and elders faced with an increasingly unchurched culture at home can find in this work the invaluable guidance they need.
Johan Herman Bavinck (18951964) was a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church and a missionary in Indonesia. He was also professor of missions and practical theology at Kampen and Free University in Amsterdam, where his uncle, Herman Bavinck, famously served as professor of dogmatics.
The ancient church conducted missionary work as though it were self-explanatory. . . . [We] are today probably more conscious than past generations that theoretical problems concerning principles, which can be answered by Scripture alone, lurk behind the countless practical problems which beset the church.