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Social-Scientific Thought and the Evangelical Missionary Movement: A Study Of The Rev. Thomas Williams And The Rev. David Cargill, Missionaries To Fiji

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Title: Social-Scientific Thought and the Evangelical Missionary Movement: A Study Of The Rev. Thomas Williams And The Rev. David Cargill, Missionaries To Fiji
Authors: Robb, David
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: On October 12, 1835, the first two Wesleyan Methodist missionaries arrived in Lakemba, Fiji, and began there a new phase of European contact in the Pacific involving not only the sphere of material culture but also the areas of spiritual and ethical values. Much research has been done in this area and it is not my purpose here to duplicate studies which have already been done on the subject of mission history and motivation. But in surveying missionary literature, both contemporary analyses and historical commentaries, I discovered a trend which seemed most unsettling—that of the emphasis upon the strictly moral, Christian evangelical mentality which supposedly dominated the missionary mind. This generally accepted view of the missionary is a highly naïve and simplified one which does little justice to the complexity o the human mind. The list of Pacific historians who have chosen to present this one-sided view of the missionaries is innumerable and includes Douglas Oliver, Harley Grattan, J.C. Furnas, W. Neil Gunson and A. Gavan Daws.
Pages/Duration: iii, 35 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33874
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