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Chapter 23: To Make the World Protestant (1700 – 1914) – Part II

Joseph Smith and Moroni

Joseph Smith receiving the golden plates from the Angel Moroni.



We will conclude our study of Chapter 23 by going over the last three sections: India: The Great Rebellion and the Limits of Colonial Mission; China, Korea, Japan; and America: The New Protestant Empire.


UPDATE: Chapter 23: To Make the World Protestant (1700 – 1914) – Part I


Last night we had a fruitful discussion about the first half of Chapter 23 – our essays are here.


The image above is a common argument atheists and non-believers have used to either discredit Christian-based ethics or Christianity altogether.  Though in this chapter and other chapters of MacCulloch’s book have shown that Christianity (or the Church in general) has played a significant role in the history of slavery, there are some misconceptions about the type of slavery that the Bible mentions; Chris tackles this issue in his essay about slavery.  There is a definite and serious responsibility all Christians should do in making sure that biblical verses be put into its proper geohistorical contexts for proper exegesis and hermeneutics to occur.  Neglecting to do so will amount to serious misunderstandings and be a detriment to the gospel message, as the African-slave experience has shown.


Last night’s meeting reminded me of how special what we are doing at Project Augustine is.  At times, when Christians are gathered in a small group setting to talk about spiritual matters, most are on their best behavior and may not be so upfront about what they truly believe in, fearing that they might be misunderstood or that their questions might be deemed silly at best or even heretical at worst.  But not at Project Augustine.  We’re pretty open – unabashedly open often in fact.  Now, this style may or may not be to everyone’s liking of course.  But this way of engaging Christianity really challenges us and stretches our knowledge of not only the church, Christianity, God, etc., but also ourselves and why we believe what we believe.




Chapter 23: To Make the World Protestant (1700 – 1914) – Part I


"Am I Not A Man And A Brother?"

“Am I Not A Man And A Brother?” – 1787 medallion designed by Josiah Wedgwood for the British anti-slavery campaign



Hi everyone.  Sorry to make this so late.


Tomorrow we will be covering the first three sections of Chapter 23: Slavery and Its Abolition: A New Christian Taboo, A Protestant World Mission: Oceania and Australasia, Africa: An Islamic or a Protestant Century?


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UPDATE: Chapter 22 – Part II – “God is Dead.”



It has been a long time coming, but here are our essays for the last half of Chapter 22, focusing on the rise of Christian fundamentalism, biblical criticism, the “quest for the historical Jesus”, and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche.


It was good to get back in the swing of things after a little over a month and a half, and hopefully we’ll get the momentum back till we finish the book.


UPDATE – Chapter 20: Part II- Evangelical Christianity in America during the Revolutionary War and the Moravian Church

Ascension to Heaven - George Washington

“George Washington’s Ascension to Heaven” – “[T]he present-day American religious right, anxious to appropriate the Revolution for their own version of modern American patriotism, have sought comfort in the ultimate Founding Father, George Washington, but here too there is much to doubt… In the nineteenth century, patriotic and pious artists often spiced up Washington’s deathbed with religion, giving him on occasion an almost Christ-like ascension into Heaven accompanied by a heavenly choir, but the reality of the scene in 1799 did not include any prayers or the presence of Christian clergy.” – Diarmaid MacCulloch, loc. 14806 – 14809



Here’s two essays for the conclusion of our study of Chapter 20 on evangelical Christianity in America during the Revolutionary War and the Moravian Church.


In the upcoming couple of weeks we will be delving into the Enlightenment period.