American Apostles Hardback

by Christine Heyrman;

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American Apostles

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On November 3, 1819, Pliny Fisk and Levi Parsons embarked from Boston on the first American mission to the Middle East. A year later they were joined by their friend Jonas King. Poor boys reared on hardscrabble New England farms and steeped in evangelical piety, they imagined themselves martyrs to the cause of converting the world. So too did their large and devoted following in the United States. Christine Leigh Heyrman's American Apostles brilliantly chronicles the first collision between American evangelicalism and the diverse religious cultures of the Levant. The founding members of the "Palestine mission" thrilled readers with tales of crossing the Sinai and exploring Cairo and Jerusalem. But their missions did not go according to plan. The Muslims of the Middle East showed no interest in converting. Instead of saving souls, the New Englanders found themselves engaging scholars in theological debate, marveling at the local folkways, and pursuing an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. From the start, the American encounter with lslam was an unstable mix of crusading vigor and cosmopolitan curiosity.
In the end, Heyrman argues that the failure of the foreign missions movement bolstered a more militant Christianity that became America's unofficial creed. The missionaries did not convert Muslims but they did transform themselves with political and religious legacies that last to this day.

American Apostles by Christine Heyrman was published by Hill & Wang Inc.,U.S. in October 2015. The ISBN for American Apostles is 9780809023981.

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Details for American Apostles

Page last updated 26th September 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHill & Wang Inc.,U.S. (October 2015)
Number of Pages400
Thickness38 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4370952
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