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By Jon Thares Davidann

3 comparable issues weave during the adventure of the yank YMCA missionaries and eastern Christians among 1890-1930: the relationship among nationwide id and Christianity, ensuing conflicts among those Christians, and an alternating feel of drawback and growth. within the Twenties, tensions among americans and jap leaders led the yankee YMCA missionary flow to reevaluate its objective and compelled it clear of nationalism.

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His book was widely read by YMCA missionaries out in the missionary field and by students thinking of a missionary career. Soon after it was published, Mott's book appeared on the reading lists that were sent out to missionaries in the field from the YMCA home office in New York. YMCA missionaries were normally Page 31 given several weeks in the summer when the YMCA schedule was relatively quiet to spend time reading books. "6 What were the risks that missionary supporters perceived to have brought them to such a powerful sense of urgency?

In the atmosphere of the Jeremiad, a constant sense of crisis resulted in condemnation of one's past behavior as unfaithful and in promises of renewed faith and action. Bercovitch claims, ''Crisis was the social norm it [the Jeremiad] sought to inculcate. The very state of errand, after all, implied a state of unfulfillment. " 3 Crisis, Progress, and "The Chosen People" We do not say the crisis of missions is coming,it has come and is even now upon us. There have been repeated crises before, but THE CRISIS is now to be met [caps and italics in original].

He saw intellectual revolutions sweeping the world in widespread revolt against traditional beliefs. The old religions were in decay and Strong saw this as an opportunity to spread Christianity and to replace them. Strong believed, as did the other writers, that if Christianity failed to expand, other secular ideologies would spread and fill this void. 12 While Strong acknowledged the international aspects to the crisis, he concentrated most of his efforts on the uniquely American perils in Our Country.

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