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Outlines of Missionary Principles
By EDWARD PFEIFFER
Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.
SECOND REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION
CO UMBUS, OHIO:
THE NEW YORK
EDWARD PFE FFER
To My Sainted mother
Who in her ninety-first year passed into the glory of the Lord and is now enjoying the triumphs of divine grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus
HIS new edition of Mission Studies, for which
there has been a demand for nearly a year, has been delayed by other pressing duties and in
terests. The author was not willing to have the manual merely reprinted with slight emendations. It is now sent forth not only enlarged and amplified, but also, it is hoped, made in form and contents more serviceable to the Church at large.
The author has endeavored to meet this aim by combining more historical material with the underlying principles of missions, thus making the study more lucid and complete for the general reader. A new part has been added, giving a rapid and comprehensive survey of the history of missions, through all their varied phases and development, from the apostolic age to the present time. This part is not a mere compilation of facts and incidents, but an attempt to sift out causes and effects, and to trace the factors and forces which account for the checkered appearance and the slow development of the missionary enterprise through the long centuries since the blessed Savior of mankind established His kingdom on the earth and sent forth missionaries to proclaim salvation throughout the world. In addition to this, many chapters of the original work have been reconstructed and rewritten, all with the view of making the manual more widely useful in our churches.
At the same time it has been the author's endeavor not to sacrifice anything essential to the original purpose