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Title: Thai Protestant Christianity : a study of cultural and theological interactions between Western missionaries (the American Presbyterian Mission and the Overseas Missionary Fellowship) and indigenous Thai Churches (the Church of Christ in Thailand and the associated churches of Thailand-Central)
Author: McLean, Patrica Rose
ISNI:       0000 0001 3625 6102
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis is a study of Thai Protestant Christianity, with a focus on cultural and theological interactions among western missionaries of the American Presbyterian Mission (APM) and the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF), and the indigenous Thai churches that the missionaries created: the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) and the Associated Churches of Thailand -Central (ACTC). The thesis offers a comprehensive historical analysis ofthe growth of Protestant Christianity in Thailand since the arrival ofthe first American Presbyterian missionaries in 1840. Recognising that the pre-Second World War history ofAPM, and the early history of CCT, founded in 1932, already exist, the research concentrates on the post-1945 history ofProtestantism in Thailand. This includes the work of OMF that established itself in Thailand in 1952 following the closure ofthe work ofits predecessor organisation, the China Inland Mission, in China. The primary focus on the more recent history of Protestant Christianity in Thailand means that equal attention is given to the emergence of indigenous Thai Christianity, both in CCT, and in ACTC that was constituted in 1985. Within this historical perspective, the thesis concentrates on the different ways in which missionaries and indigenous Christians have related Christianity to Thai Buddhist culture within the matrix of Thai Buddhism. The thesis compares and contrasts approaches adopted toward Thai Buddhist culture and Thai Buddhism by the missionaries, analysing differences ofperspective between APM and OMF missionaries. It goes on to compare these with the evolving patterns of engagement with Thai Buddhism and Thai Buddhist culture among Thai Christians ofCCT and ACTC. The thesis demonstrates that there is a distinct difference of approach between APM and OMF missionaries, but that these differences are being resolved in the emerging consensus among Thai Christians ofthe two traditions as they reinterpret their Christian faith in the Thai context.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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