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Methodist Encounters with other Religious Traditions in the Southern World

O'Brien, Glen (2014) Methodist Encounters with other Religious Traditions in the Southern World. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 8 (1). pp. 42-52. ISSN 1834-4682

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This paper addresses Methodist missionary responses to the religious beliefs encountered in “the Southern World” of the nineteenth century. It will seek to discover to what extent these religious beliefs were dismissed as pagan and superstitious and to what extent there was any attempt to understand these beliefs on their own terms. Three settings will be considered, compared and contrasted – earliest Wesleyan missionary contact with the Australian Aborigines, with Pacific Islanders and the Maori people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and with the Chinese people of the Victorian goldfields. It is hoped that this article will contribute to understanding how Methodist missionary enterprises represented and communicated with persons from other religious traditions and other cultures. It shows that initial appraisals of traditional religious beliefs were very negative but that subsequent anthropological and cultural studies carried out by missionaries led to greater understanding and a much more positive evaluation.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: History of Methodism, History of Australian Methodism, Australian religious history, Missionary studies
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: SABC: Salvation Army Booth College
Depositing User: Rev Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 03:03
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 03:03
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1960

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