By Wayne Flynt
Beginning early within the nineteenth century, the yankee missionary move made sluggish headway in China. Alabamians turned a part of that small beachhead. After 1900 either the money and group of workers swiftly increased, peaking within the early Twenties. through the Thirties many American denominations grew to become pressured and divided over the appropriateness of the missionary undertaking. Secular American intellectuals started to criticize missionaries as meddling do-gooders attempting to impose American Evangelicalism on a proud, historical culture.
By reading the lives of forty seven Alabama missionaries who served in China among 1850 and 1950, Flynt and Berkley succeed in a distinct end. even though Alabama missionaries at first healthy the destructive description of american citizens attempting to superimpose their very own values and ideology on "heathen," they speedy discovered to recognize chinese language civilization. the outcome used to be a brand new synthesis, neither completely southern nor solely chinese language. even supposing past works specialise in the failure of Christianity to alter China, this ebook specializes in the measure to which their provider in China replaced Alabama missionaries. And the swap was once profound.
In their attention of forty seven missionaries from a unmarried state--their name to missions, education for provider in China, residing, operating, contacts again domestic, cultural clashes, political beliefs, inner conflicts, and gender relations--the authors recommend that the efforts via Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian missionaries from Alabama weren't the failure judged by way of many historians. actually, the seeds sown within the hundred years ahead of the Communist revolution in 1950 appear to be reaping a wealthy harvest within the declining years of the twentieth century, whilst the variety of chinese language Christians is envisioned through a few to be as excessive as 100 million.