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The Missionaries Paperback – 9 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (9 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330354450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330354455
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,342,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2002
Format: Paperback
An excellent book providing a great insight into the the tragedy of aboriginal peoples the world over, particualrly in South America. The book certainly makes you angry and makes you despair at the Western worlds common held utter belief in the unshakable rightness of Christianity.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. G. S. Hawksley on 17 Sept. 2009
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The prose is wonderful: even, calm, almost detached, but full of all the colours and smells and characters of the author's journeys. It was some of the best travel writing I had ever come across. But the argument irritated: that missionary work in South America was at best detrimental to the natives' culture, and at worst an alliance with greedy entrepreneurs determined to get cheap labour. There is no thorough research, rather this author leaves us with impressions. So he always uses the word `sect' when referring to the missionaries, so conjuring up damaging fanaticism: but these missionaries do not belong to `sects'. The Summer Institute of Linguistics, one of the missions attacked, is a part of the Wycliffe Bible Translators, which is supported by all main line Christian denominations. Lewis is not attacking weird `sects', he is attacking all Christian mission activity, and that is an odd position to take. Before Christians came to parts of South America the Aztecs engaged in twenty four hour human sacrifice; the Hindus had `sati', widow burning; in other places there were cannibals. Another impression he gives is that missionaries are money minded people. Perhaps some are, but most people who have had any dealings with the Wycliffe Bible Translators will know they are not. And everyone can read `The Shadow of The Almighty' by Elizabeth Eliot largely made up of the diaries of her husband, Jim Eliot, who was killed by tribes people in Eucador in the 1950's. He was no lover of money. If you like travel writing, this is a must, but only enjoy the clothes, ignore the body of the argument.
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Missionaries and 5 Jan. 2006
By Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Missionaries and colonialism go hand in hand. There is are many accounts of missionaries paving the road for colonial powers. Some of the teaching was that the kingdom of Africans was to be set up in heaven if and only if they would be slaves to whiles. Many twisted ideas. Missionaries are truly evil because they knew what they were doing. Many many missionaries were caught for pedophilia in Philippines and Thailand and other areas of the world. Two years ago, a child prostitution ring conducted by missionaries was broken in Peru...there are many examples of atrocities committed by missionaries around the world.
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