An obscure book about Greenland and Missions Historiography

I doubt you’ve heard of David Cranz’s two volume History of Greenland, first published in German in 1765. But its obscurity may be masking its significant for understanding early 19th century interest in Protestant missions. Cranz was an important Moravian historian who traveled to Greenland to chronicle the story of the Moravian mission, which had …

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Historians on the Hot Seat: David Swartz (How the majority world is reshaping American evangelicalism)

This week's post spotlights historian David Swartz as part of a new series meant to focus on historians and their ongoing work: current projects, research efforts, innovative teaching, travel abroad, and other activities of interest. (Its not really a hot seat at this point, but maybe we'll get some controversy going eventually!) Rumor has it …

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The Moravian Origins of the Missionary Newsletter

Missionary newsletters are a mainstay of evangelical culture. Those of us who have grown up in evangelical churches can attest to this. This informal literary genre typically contains a combination of updates on continuing mission efforts, requests for financial gifts and "prayer support," as well as cultural insights and descriptions about what mission work is …

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My Interview with Jay Case on his “Unpredictable Gospel”

Another author interview from 2012. Jay Case's book also remains an important and ground-breaking study. Jay Case teaches at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and I am a fan of his new book, An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920 (Oxford, 2012). Jared: How did you get interested in the history of Protestant …

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