Missionaries Made Modernity

“Missionaries profoundly shaped modernity.” This is the provocative conclusion made by Robert Woodberry, as he delivered this year’s Carver-Barnes lecture for the L Rush Bush Center for Faith and Culture. Woodberry, a sociologist at the Univ. of Notre Dame, makes a compelling argument that many of the positive features generally associated with the Enlightenment–worldwide advances in literacy, health care, and human rights–were actually accomplished primarily by evangelical missionaries.

To make his case, Woodberry has amassed a remarkable amount of data. But he presents the material in a manner that is both accessible and engaging. If you care about the Great Commission then you’ll want to watch his lecture. Enjoy.

 

In Case You Missed It

1) A must read article by Graeme Wood at The Atlantic on the apocalyptic dreams and motives of ISIS and how the U.S. and allies must understand these motives in order to successfully fight them.

2) On the note of ISIS, Russ Moore addressed the question of whether we should pray for the defeat or conversion of ISIS. Hint: it’s not an either/or answer.

3) Greg Mathias, Associate Director for the Center for Great Commission Studies, discusses how Christians ought to respond to the recent murder of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, NC.

4) Trevin Wax lists several questions that, if we answer no to them, show our unfaithfulness to Christ’s command to tell the good news about him.

5) At SEND Network, Paul Tripp writes about our difficulty with but need to minister to others during our own suffering.

CGCTS: Will Taylor on the Umbrella Revolution

It’s Wednesday morning, which means it’s time to point you to the good work of Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies. This week at their blog, Will Taylor wrote up a helpful piece on the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong.

Here’s an excerpt:

Fast forward to August 31, 2014. In short, the government (National People’s Congress) of Hong Kong is taking measures to limit the electoral rights of its citizens through appointing its own three candidates. And, a very important point, this system will be approved by Beijing, China. Of course, this new system is stirring the anger in the hearts of the people of Hong Kong. The protestors want a stronger representation of democracy. They want their voice to be heard.

Read the full post here and keep the brothers and sisters in Hong Kong in your prayers.