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A vision of an Anglican Imperialism: The annual sermons of the society for the propagation of the gospel in foreign parts 1701-1714

Strong, R. (2006) A vision of an Anglican Imperialism: The annual sermons of the society for the propagation of the gospel in foreign parts 1701-1714. Journal of Religious History, 30 (2). pp. 175-198.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9809.2006.00447.x
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Abstract

This article examines the first two decades of the oldest continuing Anglican missionary society, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, founded in 1710. It argues that, contrary to the prevailing historiography of the British missionary movement, this early eighteenth-century society was genuinely evangelistic and marks the real beginning of that movement. The society also marks the beginning of a formal, institutional engagement by the Church of England with the British Empire. In the Society's annual anniversary sermons, and influenced by the reports sent by its ordained missionaries in North America, the Church of England's metropolitan leadership in England constructed an Anglican discourse of empire. In this discourse the Church of England began to fashion the identities of colonial populations of Indigenous peoples, white colonists, and Black slaves through a theological Enlightenment understanding.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12030
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