History of Christian Missions – Charles H. Robinson

Charles Henry Robinson [1861-1925], History of Christian MissionsCharles Robinson’s text-book on missions is comprehensive in its scope, covering the theology of missions, their geographical progress around the globe and among different religions. A chapter on missions societies is also included. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. This work is in the Public Domain.

Charles Henry Robinson [1861-1925], History of Christian Missions. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1915. Hbk. pp.533. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]


I. Introductory
II. Methods of Missionary Work
III. The Dawn of Modern Missions (1580-1750)
IV. India
V. Ceylon
VI. Burma
VII China
VIII. Japan
IX. Corea
X. Malaysia
Xl Western and Central Asia
XII. Africa XIII. America (U.S.A.)
XIV. Canada
XV. The West Indies
XVI. Central America
XVII. South America
XVIII. Australia
XIX. New Zealand
XX. Isles of the Pacific
XXI. Missions to Moslems
XXII. Missions to the Jews
XXIII. Missionary Societies
XXIV. The Outlook

Appendix – Christian Reunion in the Mission Field


The story of missions, which reaches back to the beginning of the Christian era, and embraces almost every country in the world, cannot be told within the limits of a single volume. The task which I have ventured to undertake is of a far less ambitious character, my object being to provide the intelligent reader with an outline sketch of Christian missions which may enable him to obtain a correct perspective, but which will need to be tilled in for each several country and period of history by much careful study.

This volume is not intended to serve as a dictionary nor as a commentary upon missions, but as a text-book to encourage and facilitate their study. Those who have devoted the largest amount of time to such study will be most ready to forgive its imperfections and shortcomings. A well-known authority on the subject of Foreign Missions, to whom the task of writing this book was originally assigned, but who failed to respond to the invitation, wrote to its present author, “You have an almost impossible task; I should absolutely quail at the work you are doing.” [Continue reading]


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