Pearl S. Buck and the Waning of the Missionary Impulse


Journal Article

Figuring out exactly when the American missionary impulse started to wane is not an easy task. Some would say that the first nail in the coffin was Hannah Adams's 1784 Alphabetical Compendium of the Various Sects, purportedly an “impartial and comprehensive survey” of world religions. Others, looking at the millions of dollars that evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics continued to pour into the missionary effort at the end of the twentieth century, might well ask, incredulously, “What coffin?”

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wacker, G

Published Date

  • December 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 852 - 874

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1755-2613

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-6407

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0009640700097407


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