Twenty authors from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe describe the gripping and eventful history of the Basel Mission – a history characterised by impressive people and their often-astonishing biographies. The sons of simple farmers and craftsmen, for instance, turned into fearless evangelisers, or even influential linguists and geographers. If they initially believed in the superiority of European-Christian civilisation, they learned more and more to estimate the intrinsic value of social systems in the mission areas. For a long time the leadership at home consisted of a small circle of pietists from Basel, who led the Mission through ups and downs with devout energy and rigor.
This richly illustrated book provides a memorable introduction to the history of the Basel Mission and presents perspectives on current missionary theory and practice.
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