By Christine Leigh Heyrman
The magnificent story of the 1st American Protestant missionaries to proselytize within the Muslim world
In American Apostles, the Bancroft Prize-winning historian Christine Leigh Heyrman brilliantly chronicles the 1st fateful collision among American missionaries and the various spiritual cultures of the Levant. Pliny Fisk, Levi Parsons, Jonas King: even though nearly unknown this present day, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded awareness around the usa 200 years in the past. bad boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they turned the founding individuals of the Palestine venture and ventured to Ottoman Turkey, Egypt, and Syria, the place they sought to reveal the falsity of Muhammad's creed and to revive those bastions of Islam to actual Christianity. not just one of the first american citizens to trip in the course of the center East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed an important position in shaping their compatriots' figuring out of the Muslim world.
As Heyrman exhibits, the missionaries delighted their American readers with stories of crossing the Sinai on camel, crusing a canal boat up the Nile, and exploring the traditional urban of Jerusalem. yet their deepest journals and letters usually inform a narrative a ways faraway from the stories they spun for domestic intake, revealing that their missions didn't pass based on plan. rather than changing the center East, the contributors of the Palestine project themselves skilled unexpected religious demanding situations as they debated with Muslims, Jews, and jap Christians and pursued an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. As occasions confounded their expectancies, a number of the missionaries constructed a worldly interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised photos of Muslims for his or her American audiences that will either gasoline the 1st wave of Islamophobia within the usa and forge the long run personality of evangelical Protestantism itself.
American Apostles brings to lifestyles evangelicals' first encounters with the center East and uncovers their advanced legacy. The Palestine project held the promise of acquainting american citizens with a fuller and extra exact knowing of Islam, yet eventually it strengthened a extra militant Christianity, person who turned the unofficial creed of the us over the process the 19th century. The political and non secular results of that final result undergo to at the present time.
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H. 56 Prior to the Autumn Council, a commission appointed at the spring meeting of world church leaders had met, and, through the Plans Committee, had tendered a slate of recommendations concerning work among Blacks. Among the recommendations was one calling for serious study of the feasibility of establishing a school for Blacks in the North. Also, that Blacks be encouraged to enter the colporteur field so as to win souls and secure scholarships to Christian schools; and that Adventist sanitariums, where possible, accept Blacks into their nursing programs.
Peters was assigned as its first pastor. A gifted speaker, Peters, a West Indian from Antigua, spoke with an accent familiar to many Harlemites. Undoubtedly, his assignment was an intentional move by church leaders to appeal to the large West Indian constituency among Seventhday Adventists in New York City. In addition, the assignment of Peters was meant to convey the message that church leaders considered the removal of Humphrey from First Harlem so important a matter that it was willing to reassign its highest ranking Black employee to assume the responsibilities of pastoral leadership in the area.
Humphrey’s popularity disturbed Moran immensely. Whether out of envy or because he favored organization over people, Moran kept the General Conference apprised of Humphrey’s activities, and the principal, an indigenous African American, later banned the reading of Humphrey’s periodical by his students. 18 To what extent did Humphrey fail to provide his congregation with information and counsel that would have prevented it from being voted out of the Adventist organizational structure in January 1930?
American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam by Christine Leigh Heyrman