Jones, Arun W.
Christian Missions in the American Empire
Episcopalians in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, 1902-1946
Year of Publication: 2003
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 302 pp., 7 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-39468-7 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.400 kg, 0.882 lbs
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At the height of its imperialist phase, the United States of America gained control of the Philippines at the beginning of the 20th century. Following American troops and government employees into the new American territory were Protestant missionaries, who had until then been systematically excluded from Spain's Asian colony. This book examines the mission and church work of Filipino and American Episcopalians in northern Luzon during the years of American rule. It shows how in the early decades of the mission two contradictory emphases, one on civilizing the Filipino and the other on translating the Christian message into the vernacular, worked themselves out in the lives of missionaries and local people. The work then goes on to look at how both local Christians and missionaries, in their own ways, utilized Christianity to deal with new political, economic and social realities as these emerged in the second two decades of American rule.
Contents: The Creation of a Filipino Cultural Minority - The Missionary Movement in the Protestant Episcopal Church - The Translation Project at Bontoc - The Civilization Project at Sagada - Crisis and Change in the Missionary Force - Crisis and Conversion among the Igorot - Rethinking Missions in the American Imperial Era.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Arun W. Jones is Assistant Professor of Mission and Evangelism at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2001, and his M. Div. and B.A. degrees from Yale University. Prior to teaching, Jones served as pastor of United Methodist congregations in Connecticut and New Jersey, and worked as a missionary with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
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Responsible Editor: Jan A.B. Jongeneel