The Protestant Search for ‘the Universal Christian Community’ between Decolonization and Communism †
AbstractThis article investigates the history of American Protestant thought about peoples living beyond the North Atlantic West, in Asia in particular, from 1900 to the 1960s. It argues that Protestant thought about the Global South was marked by a tension between universalism and particularism. Protestants believed that their religion was universal because its core insights about the world were meant for everyone. At the same time, Protestant intellectuals were attentive to the demands of their coreligionists abroad, who argued that decolonization should herald a greater appreciation for national differences. The article traces three distinct stages of Protestant attempts to resolve these tensions; support for imperialism in the early twentieth century, then for human rights at mid-century, and finally for pluralism in the 1960s. In doing so, it shows that the specter of the Soviet Union intensified the Protestant appreciation of national differences and ultimately led to the disavowal of Protestant universalism. View Full-Text
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Zubovich, G. The Protestant Search for ‘the Universal Christian Community’ between Decolonization and Communism †. Religions 2017, 8, 17.
Zubovich G. The Protestant Search for ‘the Universal Christian Community’ between Decolonization and Communism †. Religions. 2017; 8(2):17.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zubovich, Gene. 2017. "The Protestant Search for ‘the Universal Christian Community’ between Decolonization and Communism †." Religions 8, no. 2: 17.
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