The Boston University School of Theology has a rich history of missionary outreach from its beginnings in 1839 as the first Methodist theological seminary in North America. By the time of the 1910 World Missionary Conference, at least a hundred graduates from the School of Theology had gone overseas as missionaries. Many women missionaries attended the School of Religious Education. Boston University graduates founded churches, colleges, and theological seminaries around the world, as well as evangelistic and social service agencies (including Goodwill Industries) in the United States.
Boston University Theology Library’s collection of missionary biographies, reports, sermons and theologies provides a rich resource for the study of missiology. Building on early informal efforts to digitize portions of the collection, the Library participates in the Open Content Alliance and collaborates with the Internet Archive. This portal provides online access biographical material about missionaries as well as to classic writings in the history of Protestant mission thought, including works on mission theology, theory, and strategy.
These writings provide unique insight into the beginnings of Christianity in the non western world, the founding of indigenous churches, and early theories of comparative religion.
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