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Title: The Scottish Mission factor in the development of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, 1917-1957
Author: Gyang-Duah, Charles
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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Though it was political reasons that caused the First World War its consequences were felt not only in the political realm but in the religious also. The political intrigues and the acrimony that culminated in the war generated intense enmity between Britain and her allies on the one hand and Germany on the other. In the process the Basel Mission was forced out by Ghana by the British on suspicion that the Mission, which had strong German connection, had sympathies for Germany. It was his action taken by the British that necessitated the recruitment of another missionary body to oversee the work that had been done by the Basel Mission and the choice fell on the United Free Church of Scotland which was represented by Ghana by what came to be known as the Scottish Mission. The appearance of the United Free Church of Scotland on the religious scene of Ghana therefore is a classic example of how international politics and war affected and shaped world missionary outreach programme in the early 20th century. The United Free Church accepted the challenge in spite of extreme financial and logistical problems faced by the church at this time because it felt that the opportunity to come to Ghana was created by Providence. From 1917 till 1950, when the church became fully autonomous, therefore, the United Free Church and its subsidiary body the Scottish Mission worked to preserve the gains of the Basel Mission and developed new structures and institutions to extend the influence of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and to make it an indigenous church. Though the Basel Mission was allowed to return to Ghana at the end of 1925, it was the Scottish Mission that continued to set the agenda for the church. Unlike the work of the United Free Church of Scotland in Jamaica, Calabar or Malawi, the work in Ghana was not originally planned within the scope of its world evangelistic outreach. It was accidental and this had some influence on the Scottish Mission's approach to their work in Ghana.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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