Origins of Anglo-Catholic Missions: Fr Richard Benson and the initial missions of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1869–1882
Strong, R. (2015) Origins of Anglo-Catholic Missions: Fr Richard Benson and the initial missions of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1869–1882. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 66 (1). pp. 90-115.
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This paper investigates the origins of Anglican Anglo-Catholic missions, through the missionary theology and practice of the founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, Fr Richard Benson, and an exploration of its initial missionary endeavours: the Twelve-Day Mission to London in 1869, and two missions in India from 1874. The Indian missions comprised an institutional mission at Bombay and Pune, and a unique ascetic enculturated mission at Indore by Fr Samuel Wilberforce O'Neill ssje. It is argued that Benson was a major figure in the inauguration of Anglo-Catholic missions; that his ritualist moderation was instrumental in the initial public success of Anglo-Catholic domestic mission; and that in overseas missions he had a clear theological preference for disconnecting evangelism from Europeanising. Benson's approach, more radical than was normal in the second half of the nineteenth century, was a consequence of envisaging mission's being undertaken by a religious order, an entirely new phenomenon for Anglican missions.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Arts|
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