William Paton’s Case for Christian World Mission

William Paton [1886-1943], A Faith For the WorldWilliam Paton [1886-1943] sets out the argument for world mission. It is based on the material presented at the Jerusalem meeting of the International Missionary Council (March 24th – April 8th 1928). My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

William Paton [1886-1943], A Faith For the World. Westminster: The Livingstone Press, 1929. Hbk. pp.256. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface
  • Introductory Chapter. The Challenge of World Mission
  1. God and Man
  2. The Search For Power
  3. “Lord and Christ”
  4. The Divine Community
  5. The Testimony of Jesus
  6. Teaching the Nations
  7. “Field, Factory and Workshop”
  8. “Sirs, Ye are Brethren”
  9. The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
  • Bibliography


The purpose of this book may be briefly stated. It is to set out the main elements of the case for the Christian world mission, and to show some of the principal tasks which are bound up with that mission. The book owes everything to the Jerusalem meeting of the International Missionary Council, and could not have been written without it, but it is not directly concerned with that meeting. It seeks, rather, to draw attention to some of the principles which must be accepted and to some of the necessities which must be met if the generous enthusiasms stirred up by the Jerusalem meeting are to bear fruit….

I have drawn heavily upon the ample resources of the complete Report of the Jerusalem meeting, and hope that to some readers this book may serve as an incentive to explore the wealth of material contained there. [Continue Reading]

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