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Neukirchener Mission

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[English Version] (Ev. Gesellschaft für Deutschland). Das 1882 vom ref. Pfarrer Ludwig Doll (1846–1883) mit Unterstützung ev. freier Gemeinden und Kreisen der Ev. Allianz nach dem Vorbild G. Müllers als »Glaubenswerk« im niederrheinischen Neukirchen gegründete Missionshaus erhielt unter Julius Stursberg (1857–1909) seine entscheidende Prägung (1907 »e.V.«). Zwar bewährten sich die Glaubenswerkgrundsätze praktisch nicht, aber sie bewahrten die N.M. vor kolonialer wie nationalsozialistischer Vereinn…


(149 words)

Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[English Version] Pfander, Karl Gottlieb (3.11.1805 Waiblingen – 1.12.1865 Richmond, England), von J. Ch. Blumhardt im Basler Missionshaus (Basler Mission) 1821–1825 ausgebildeter Missionar, der zunächst unter Muslimen in Schuscha (Şuşa, Aserbaidschan) arbeitete. Dort kam er mit dem engl. Freimissionar Anthony Grover (1795–1853), einem Schwager G. Müllers, in Kontakt, mit dem er 1830 nach Bagdad ging. Als die Mission in Şuşa 1835/1837 aufgegeben werden mußte, wurde der wesentlich lit. und disputiere…


(122 words)

Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[English Version] Speer, Robert Elliott (10.9.1867 Huntingdon, PA – 23.11.1947 Bryn Mawr, PA), prägende Gestalt des amer. Missionswesens seiner Zeit. Von D.L. Moody beeinflußt, engagierte er sich im Student Volunteer Movement und wurde, gerade mit dem Theologiestudium beginnend, 1891 zum Secretary des Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions berufen, dem er bis zu seiner Pensionierung 1937 für über 50 Jahre verbunden blieb. Missionstheol. R. Anderson nahestehend, war der begehrte Redner und fleißige B…


(150 words)

Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[English Version] Parker, Peter (18.6.1804 Frammingham, MA – 10.1.1888 Washington, DC), bedeutender amer. Missionsarzt und 1855–1857 Botschafter der USA in China. Nach Theol.- und Medizinstudium am Yale College, New Haven, wurde P. als presbyterianischer Pfarrer 1834 vom American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions nach China gesandt, wo er 1835 in Canton (Guangzhou) ein Hospital eröffnete, das unerwarteten Zuspruch bei der chinesischen Bevölkerung fand und damit eine missionsstrategische S…

Danish-Halle Mission

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (DHM). An initiative undertaken around 1705 by the Danish King Frederick IV (1671–1730) under the influence of his court chaplain, Franz Julius Lütkens (1650–1712), who was, in turn, inspired by P.J. Spener, later became the Dänisch-Hallesche Mission, after A.H. Francke had abandoned his initial reticence to cooperate. It initiated Protestant …

Mission Conferences, German

(227 words)

Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (properly Deutsche Evangelische Missionskonferenzen; analogous institutions in Catholicism or outside Germany are not in evidence) does not refer to events devoted to mission, but to the organized regional association of pastors, later also of church laity, for the primary purpose of the scholarly/theological support of missionary concerns within the Protestant regional churches. Founded in 1879 by G. Warneck in Halle, such groups arose gradually throughout Germany and united in 1…

Fabricius, Johann Philipp

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (Jan 22, 1711, Kleeberg – Jan 23, 1791, Chennai, India), missionary and the most important translator of the Danish-Halle Mission in Tranquebar. Upon reading the Hallesche Berichte [Halle reports], Fabricius, who had just finished his examinations in jurisprudence, was prompted to study theology in Halle and to go to India (1740). The enduring contribution of his 50 years in Madras (today: Chennai) (overshadowed from 1778 onwards by temporary dismissal and imprisonment for bankruptcy) was his edition of th…

Neukirchen Mission

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (Neukirchener Mission; Evangelische Gesellschaft für Deutschland). Founded in 1882 by the Reformed pastor Ludwig Doll (1846–1883) with the support of free Protestant communities and circles of the Evangelical Alliance, the mission house in Neukirchen on the Lower Rhine was established as a “faith ministry,” following the example of G.F. Müller, and acquired its distinctive profile under Julius Stursberg (1857–1909); it became a registered association in 1907. Although the guidelin…

Lutherische Kirchenmission (LKM)

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] The LKM was founded on Jun 14, 1892, by synodical resolution of the Hannoversche evangelisch-lutherische Freikirche (today: Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche, SELK; Lutherans: II), as a secessionist initiative from the Hermannsburg Mission, with which many of its supporters were previously associated. Its motto was typical of the confessional attitude: “A Lutheran Church can only conduct Lutheran mission, and Lutheran mission can only be conducted by a Lutheran Church.” …

Leprosy Mission

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] is (a) a blanket term for Christian efforts to care for the human beings suffering from leprosy in overseas countries, especially from the 19th century onward, and (b) a designation used of the Mission to Lepers (today: Leprosy Mission International, London), a relief organization founded by the Irish Protestant W.C. Bailey in 1874/1878. Christoffer H. Grundmann Bibliography A.D. Miller, An Inn Called Wellcome, 1965 R. Brown, “Leprosy and the Church,” NCE VIII, 1967, 670 – 672 S.G. Browne, “The Christian Contribution to Leprosy and Tuberculosis,” in: idem, ed., Heral…

Mission Society/Mission Agency

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] Mission societies are the most frequently used organizational and legal entity for collective promotion and implementation of Christian mission. As such they have typified missionary activity (primarily Protestant) since the 19th century; through processes of consolidation and integration into institutional church structures, some of them have since become missionary agencies of churches. In 1644 J. v. Welz issued an unheeded call to establish a “society through which … our Protestant religion might be spread,” modeled on the work …

Parker, Peter

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] ( Jun 18, 1804, Framingham, MA – Jan 10, 1888, Washington, DC), eminent American ¶ missionary and physician, who also served from 1855 to 1857 as official representative of the United States in China. After studying theology and medicine at Yale in New Haven, he became a Presbyterian minister; in 1834 the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions sent him to China. In 1835 he opened a hospital in Canton (Guangzhou), which met with unexpected popularity among the Chinese and thus came…

Marburg Mission

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] The Marburg Mission (now: Stiftung Marburger Mission) is the legal successor to the Vandsburg Mission (Vandsburger Mission GmbH; 1937–1951), which grew out of the revival movement (Revival/Revival movements) in West Prussia (Theophil Krawielitzki, 1866–1942). The Vandsburg Mission itself had inherited the Yunnan Mission, established in 1928 as a product of cooperation with the China Inland Mission since 1909. It is a member of the Deutscher Gemeinschafts-Diakonieverband (DGD), of …

Medical Missions

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] I. Terminology – II. History – III. Structure – IV. Theology I. Terminology The phrase medical missions became established in the mid-19th century. Initially it was used only for particular sites (hospitals, infirmaries, dispensaries), at home or abroad, where philanthropically minded doctors, nurses, or pharmacists with explicitly Christian concerns worked as “medical missionaries.” The singular medical mission came to be used for the evolving concept behind medical missions; it developed over the course of time but never achieved…

Jänicke, Johannes

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (orig. Jenjk; Jul 6, 1748, Berlin – Jul 21, 1827, Berlin) was the founder of the first German missions seminar and one of the leading minds in the Berlin Awakening movement (Revival/Revival movements: I). As the son of Bohemian Protestants admitted to Prussia, the weaver by trade experienced ¶ conversion in Münsterberg, Silesia, and studied theology in Leipzig (1774–1777). After working as a teacher in Barby (1777/1778) and his Lutheran ordination (Jun 25, 1779), he became a preacher in the Bohemian church in Berlin and Rixdorf,…

Speer, Robert Elliot

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (Sep 10, 1867, Huntingdon, PA – Nov 23, 1947, Bryn Mawr, PA), defining figure in American missionary work of his time. Influenced by D.L. Moody, he became active in the Student Volunteer Movement; in 1891, just as he was beginning his theological studies, he was appointed secretary of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, with which he remained associated for over 50 years until his retirement in 1937. Missiologically close to R. Anderson, he was a prolific author and much i…


(209 words)

Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] from French colportage (“peddling”), refers to a particular method of spreading the Bible and other religious texts through the sale of inexpensive Bibles from door to door by (mostly Protestant) colporteurs, often at great personal sacrifice. The first colportage societies were founded in Scotland (Edinburgh Tract Society, 1796) and England (Religious Tract ¶ Society, 1799; British and Foreign Bible Society, 1804), followed by Germany (i.a. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1804; Württembergische Bibelanstalt, 1812; Wuppert…


(492 words)

Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] is the name (Christiania/Christina) of a pilgrim to Rome canonized in 1504. Her grave, surrounded by a chapel on Dinkelberg near Basel, demon¶ strable since the early Middle Ages, was a pilgrimage destination until the Reformation; today it is the seat and center of the “Pilgrim Mission of St. Chrischona,” founded, along with many institutions different in character, in 1840 by the then secretary of the Deutsche Christentums gesellschaft (German Christianity Society) in Basel…

German Missions

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] I. Concept – II. History I. Concept Discussion about “German” mission, which could be suggestive of a nationalistic and territorial misunderstanding, is justified in as far as it refers to distinctive features of mission activities originating from respective territories and promoted by German-speaking people, features which are not encountered in the same way in corresponding initiatives of others. For one thing, these special characteristics were occasioned by Germany's continental l…

Liebenzell Mission

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] The Liebenzell Mission (since 1987 Liebenzell Mission International; budget in 2000: DM 16,200,000) is an outgrowth of the German branch of the China Inland Mission, founded in Hamburg in 1899 by the revivalist pastor Heinrich-Wilhelm Coerper (1863–1936) at the urging of J.H. Taylor. When it undertook independent work in the German colonies in Micronesia in 1906, it took its name from Bad Liebenzell (in the Black Forest), to which the founding family had moved in 1902 with ten can…

Ehrenfeuchter, Friedrich August Eduard

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (Dec 15, 1814, Leopoldshafen – Mar 20, 1878, Göttingen) studied theology in Heidelberg and then worked first as a religion teacher in Mannheim, as a curate in Weinheim and Karlsruhe, and from 1845 as extraordinary professor of practical theology and university preacher in Göttingen. After becoming full professor in 1849, he remained in Göttingen until his death following a lengthy illne…

Pfander, Karl Gottlieb

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Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] (Nov 3, 1805, Waiblingen – Dec 1, 1865, Richmond, England) trained as a missionary from 1821 to 1825 under J.C. Blumhardt at the Basel Mission house. He worked first among Muslims in Susa, Azerbaijan. There he came into contact with the English independent missionary Anthony Grover (1795–1853), a brother-in-law of G.F. Müller, with whom he went to Baghdad in 1830. After the mission in Susa had to be abandoned (1835–1837), Pfander, whose activities were essentially literary and pol…


(2,613 words)

Author(s): Zehner, Joachim | Grundmann, Christoffer H. | Fischer, Johannes
[German Version] I. Philosophy of Religion Even prior to the age of Greek philosophy, riches, honor, power, health, longevity, etc. were considered the epitome of well-being, “bliss” or “salvation” (Ger. Heil). For centuries well-being was treated as synonymous with happiness (Gk eudaimonía, Lat. felicitas, beatitudo). Today the term happiness usually excludes the transcendent dimension, and salvation is generally used without an immanent sense. For Democritus individual salvation was grounded in the human soul and its attitude, the first time philo…


(1,512 words)

Author(s): Wandrey, Irina | Carlebach, Elisheva | Grundmann, Christoffer H. | Voss, Gerhard
[English Version] I. Antikes JudentumMit προση´λυτοι/prosē´lytoi, wörtl. »Hinzugekommene«, übers. die LXX das bibl.-hebr. גֵּר/ger (der im Land Israel ansässige und einen bes. Rechtsstatus genießende »Fremde« [: II.]). Gegen Ende der Epoche des Zweiten Tempels bez. der Begriff Proselyten (P.) dann hauptsächlich den zum Judentum Konvertierten (so etwa bei Flav.Jos.Apion. 2,28), der innerhalb der jüd. Gemeinschaft fast dieselben Rechte besaß wie ein Jude von Geburt. Im antiken Judentum werden folgende Beding…


(1,180 words)

Author(s): Hörnig, J. Thomas | Grundmann, Christoffer H. | Reiss, Wolfram
[English Version] I. Europa und Amerika Schule und Gottesdienst dienten traditionell auch der Weitergabe der Glaubenstradition an Kinder und der Vermittlung von Werten (Kindergottesdienst: I.). Impulse kamen im 18.Jh. aus dem philanthropischen, engl. Armenschulwesen. S. waren zunächst – auf Grund der Kinderarbeit – nun sonntägliche »Charity schools« (Thomas Stock und R. Raikes). Sie zielten, inhaltlich stark am Katechismus und weniger an der Bibel ausgerichtet…


(1,656 words)

Author(s): Wandrey, Irina | Carlebach, Elisheva | Grundmann, Christoffer H. | Voss, Gerhard
[German Version] I. Early Judaism The Septuagint uses προσήλυτοι/ prosḗ lytoi, literally “those who have come over,” to translate Hebrew גֵּר/ gēr (“resident alien” [Stranger: II] in the land…

Revival/Revival Movements

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhem | Hambrick-Stowe, Charles E. | Grundmann, Christoffer H.
[German Version] The expression revival movement, like the German Erweckungsbewegung (coined by Halle Pietists), has become the standard term for a group of religious movements that have put their stamp on European and North American Protestantisms as well as a few Catholic milieus (see also Confessional milieus) with varying intensity since the early 18th century. The Pietists interp…


(6,151 words)

Author(s): Schubert, Anselm | Knuth, Hans Christian | Grundmann, Christoffer H. | Nüssel, Friederike
[German Version] I. Denominations: Lutheran Churches in History – II. Lutheran Churches Today – III. Statistical Survey – IV. Missions – V. Ecumenism I. Denominations: Lutheran Churches in History

Sunday School

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Author(s): Hörnig, J. Thomas | Grundmann, Christoffer H. | Reiss, Wolfram
[German Version] I. Europe and America Traditionally school and worship have also served to hand on the tradition of the faith to children and to communicate values (Children’s church: I). In the 18th century, the philanthropic English system of charity schools pioneered the Sunday school. Initially, because of child labor, Sunday schools were charity schools held on Sundays (Thomas Stock and R. Raikes). What they taught was based primarily on the catech…


(2,650 words)

Author(s): Grundmann, Christoffer H. | Arens, Edmund | Francis, Mark R. | Hoedemaker, Bert | Wolfinger, Franz
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Systematic Theology – III. Liturgical Importance – IV. Missiology – V. Ecumenical Importance I. Religious Studies While the concept of inculturation is on the point of becoming a standard term in missiology (see IV below), the field of religious studies uses it to refer to the fundamental cultural-hermeneutical problem of determining a significant difference between culture and religion, this being a particularly relevant issue for the articulation of identity in the context …

Sickness and Healing

(3,297 words)

Author(s): Rütten, Thomas | Neu, Rainer | Ebner, Martin | Kaiser, Jochen-Christoph | Wiesing, Urban | Et al.
[German Version] I. Medicine Sickness and healing are basic phenomena of human life and core concepts of any anthropology. Nevertheless defining them and the relationship between them still raises problems, not least because eac…

Spirit/Holy Spirit

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Author(s): Stolz, Fritz | Oeming, Manfred | Dunn, James D.G. | Ritter, Adolf Martin | Leppin, Volker | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies and History of Philosophy The dogmatic definition of the Holy Spirit as a person within the one divine substance (Trinity/Doctrine of the Trinity) presupposes not only a particular philosophical context but also a religio-historical horizon. A formative influence on the conceptualization of the Holy Spirit was exercised by the various anthropomorphic interpretations of elemental anthropological or normative qualities in the context of polytheistic interpretations of…
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