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Baptist Missionary Society

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Author(s): Stanley, Brian
[German Version] The Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) was founded in 1792 by a group of Particular (Calvinistic) Baptists, including A. Fuller and W. Carey. Its original name was “The Particular-Baptist Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Heathen.” The BMS sent its first missionaries to North India (1793), and later began w…

London Missionary Society

(369 words)

Author(s): Stanley, Brian
[German Version] (LMS) was founded in London in September 1795 under the simple title “The Missionary Society.” Though inspired by the example of the Baptist Missionary Society (1792), the Missionary Society was to unite all Evangelical Christians in the missionary cause. The Society's early supporters and missionaries included Presbyterians, Anglicans (Anglican Church), as well as Congregationalists (Congregationalism). The Society's “Fundamental Principle” (1796) defined its purpose as the propa…

Freedom of Religion

(3,650 words)

Author(s): Schlenke, Dorothee | Kronauer, Ulrich | Link, Christoph | Ohst, Martin | Witte, John | Et al.
[German Version] I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics – III. Philisophy – V. History – VI. Mission I. Dogmatics Freedom of religion, as generally understood, combines freedom of belief, of conscience, and creed, as well as freedom to practice one's religion (cf. German Basic Law, art. 4, §§1, 2), in one fundamental right. Dogmatics needs to clarify the relationship between religious certainty and freedom. A statement consonant with Reformation belief would run as follows: If Christian certainty, as certainty about the …


(5,875 words)

Author(s): Halbrooks, G. Thomas | Geldbach, Erich | Leonard, Bill J. | Stanley, Brian
[German Version] I. Denomination – II. Church History – III. Missions I. Denomination Because the Baptists came into existence in a situation of persecution, they have consistently held to the doctrine of freedom of conscience as one of their most fundamental convictions. This is the basis for the Baptists' historically conditioned refusal to publish a dogmatic declaration that claims to speak for …

Martyn, Henry

(177 words)

Author(s): Stanley, Brian
[German Version] (Feb 18, 1781, Truro, England – Oct 16, 1812, Tokat, Turkey), pioneered a scholarly approach to Christian mission to Islam. After a brilliant career at Cambridge, Martin sailed for India in 1805 as a chaplain with the East India Company. In Bihar he began to translate the Book of Common Prayer and the New Testament into Urdu, assisted by a Muslim convert, Nathaniel Sabat, who later collaborated with Martyn on Arabic and Persian translations of the NT. In 1809 Martyn was transferred to Kapur, ¶ where he was instrumental in the conversion of a Muslim scholar, Shaikh…

Carey, William

(390 words)

Author(s): Stanley, Brian
[German Version] (Aug 17, 1761, Paulerspury, England – Jun 9, 1834, Serampore, India) is often regarded as the father of modern Protestant missions. As the principal founder of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) he pioneered a movement which led to the formation of similar evangelical missionary societies in Great Britain, Europe, and North America. His own missionary vision was much indebted to the earlier achievements of the Moravians (Bohemian and Moravian Brethren…