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Title: Domestic response and reaction to the foreign missionary enterprises of the principal Scottish Presbyterian Churches, 1873-1929
Author: Dow, Derek Alexander
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1977
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This thesis sets out to examine the impact which the foreign missionary movement had on Scotland in the half century after David Livingstone's death. The first chapter gives a general account of the religious and social background to this outreach from Scotland, and looks at some of the national peculiarities which were expressed in it. Chapters two and three are concerned with the areas covered by these missions, and with a detailed examination of the personnel who manned them. The fourth chapter looks at the unusual Presbyterian structures of official Church missions, at the men who directed these Committees, and at some of the sources of dispute which caused occasional rifts within the Churches. Chapter five examines some of the methods used to finance these endeavours, and the problems which had to be faced. Like the thesis as a whole, it traces the effects of the denominational distinctions between Established, Free, and United Presbyterian Churches. Chapter six investigates the place of Livingstone in Scottish mission history, while chapter seven deals with the machinery whereby other missionary heroes were selected to be elevated from the ranks of their peers, The eighth and last chapter demonstrates Scottish reactions to foreign missions as they were reflected in the pages of Church magazines, the secular press, and Scottish fiction. Four appendices touch briefly on the Churches' involvement with missions to the Jews, controversies, within the Established Church missions in the 1880s, Presbyterial correspondence with the Foreign Mission Committees, and the missionary movement's response to the advent and consequences of the First World War.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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