New article on EGO about Protestant MissionIn his article on EGO (»Europäische Geschichte Online«), which recently has been published in english, Andreas Feldtkeller writes about approach, aims and problems in protestant mission from the late 18th to 20th century.
Beginning in the 17th and 18th century, there was a considerable delay before European Protestantism became involved in the further spread of the Christian faith outside Europe. The first missionary societies were minted by the perception, that everyone should be able to read the Bible, which turned out to be a problem in preliterate cultures. In their dealings with the native cultures of their missionary territories, many Protestant missionaries of the 19th century were torn between a belief in modern progress and romantic ideas of a "primordial" society. Besides, many missionaries viewed colonialism as a hindrance to missionary work and so, their contact often was not without conflicts and disagreements. From the 1950s to the 1970s, the landscape of Protestant missions worldwide was completely reconfigured.
About the author:
Born in 1961, Andreas Feldtkeller is professor for »Religions-und Missionswissenschaft und Ökumenik« at the Faculty of Theology at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin since 1999. In 2008, he was honoured with the Hans-Sigrist-Price of the University Bern/Switzerland because of his research contributions dealing with »Religionen – Wahrheitsansprüche – Konflikte – Theologien -: Theoretische Perspektiven«.
EGO stands for »European History Online« and chiefly focuses on transfer processes and cultural exchange in European history. To this effect, EGO does not limit itself in a methodical, geographical or subject-specific way to illustrate 500 years of Early Modern European History vividly.