China's Millions: The China Inland Mission and Late Qing Society, 1832-1905

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - History - 506 pages
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Banner-carrying Salvation Army marchers, stone-silent Quakers, jumpy Midwestern revivalists, closed-fellowship Brethren, and Prayer-book Anglicans all made up the mixed multitude sent to the Middle Kingdom by the China Inland Mission (CIM).

In China's Millions, the newest volume of the acclaimed Studies in the History of Christian Missions series, veteran historian Alvyn Austin crafts a compelling narrative of the sprawling history of the China Inland Mission. Austin explores two questions: How did British evangelicalism feed into American fundamentalism, eventually becoming global Protestantism, and how did evangelical Christianity become Chinese? Along the way he introduces readers to a remarkable array of sights, from the visionary, charismatic sect-leader Pastor Hsi, to the wordless book, a missionary teaching device that fit perfectly with Chinese color cosmology, to the opium-soaked aftermath of the North China Famine of 1877-79.

Clear, readable, and well researched, China's Millions digs deeply into the Chinese and Western past to tell a story that no one would think to tell, the strange yet hopeful result of two cultures colliding.

  

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Black Barnsley 18321851
33
A Market Town in the County of Coveting
36
John Wesley Comes to Barnsley
38
Cheapside
41
Troubled Waters
46
Thunder and Lightning
48
The Blessed Hope
53
The WicketGate 18511865
59
The Heavenly Invitation Offices 18801888
255
The Demoniac among the Tombs
260
The Red Pills
264
The Shanxi Spirits
268
The Baptists
270
The Oberlin Band
274
Taiyuan
278
The Cambridge Seven
280

The Odd Sparrow
65
The Heavenly Kingdom
70
The Heavenly Questions
72
The Earthly Family
75
Calling the Pilgrim Band 18651866
78
The Great Revival
82
Spurgeons Wordless Book
86
The Team
90
The Brethren
94
The Establishment
98
The Helpers
100
The General Director
103
The Last of England
107
Passengers on the Lammermuir
109
The Land of Strangers 18661875
111
The WicketGate Again
114
The Pigtailed Tribe
120
The Outrage
123
The Riot Season
128
The Native Missionary Association
132
The Bombshell Scattering Us
136
The Valley of the Shadow 18751880
139
The Great Famine
144
The Land of the Yellow Emperor
150
The TempleLand
154
The Man Who Stood by the Gate
160
The Religion of the Golden Pill
163
The Chinese Wordless Book
167
The Essay Contest
169
The Opium Sot
171
The Overcomer of Demons
175
THE SECOND GENERATION 18751888
179
National Righteousness 18751888
181
The Exchanged Life
186
The Council of Management
188
The Ladies Council
195
The AngloOriental AntiOpium Society
199
The Candidates
203
The Cambridge Seven
206
London Council Members and Referees 18721876
210
The Octopus 18751888
217
The China Council
225
The Scattering
227
TeaShop Evangelism
233
Gossiping the Gospel
237
Jesus Opium
241
Course of Study for Probationers 1886
250
The Feeder of the Sheep
283
THE THIRD GENERATION 18881900
289
The New World 18881900
291
The Transatlantic Cables
298
Toronto the Good
301
The North American Council
305
The Divine Healers
309
A New Beginning
312
The Great Design
315
The Associates
317
The Candidates
320
Residence 18881901
322
Chart 2 Denominational Affiliation 18871915
326
Gods Ambassadors 18881899
332
The High Tides
339
Chart 3 Growth of the CIM by Provinces 18851899
345
Growth of the Chinese Church by Provinces 18851899
347
The Book of Arrangements
349
The Breakdown
351
The Middle Eden 18881899
354
North Shanxi
362
The Opium Dream
365
A Wealthy Place
371
The Rules for the Middle Eden
379
The Converts
381
The Cambridge Seven
383
The Pastors Wifes Dream
387
The Pastors Death
391
The End of the Middle Eden 1900
395
Making Sense
400
The Killing Time
409
The Exodus
415
The Last Pilgrim
417
The Last Exodus
419
The Aftermath
421
Returning to the Ruins
426
Beyond the Jade Gate
431
The Model Province
435
Postscript
438
Something Happened
440
The City of Brotherly Love
443
Testing the Spirits
448
The Delectable Mountains
454
BIBLIOGRAPHY
459
INDEX
480
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Alvyn Austin, born in Calcutta to CIM missionaries, teaches at Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario. He is a trained museum curator as well as a scholar, and his diverse work includes historical sites, radio documentaries, and the book Saving China: Canadian Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 18881959.

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