5 Res. & Sci. Today 39 (2013)
The Beginnings of Evangelical Missions

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THE BEGINNINGS OF EVANGELICAL MISSIONS
Ruben loan IVAN'

ABSTRACT:
ONE OF THE BASIC TEACHINGS OF EVANGELICAL MOVEMENTS WAS THE DOCTRINE ON
MISSION WORK BY MISSION WORK WE UNDERSTAND THE SPREADING OF CHRISTIAN
TEACHING TO PAGAN PEOPLES.
OUT OF ALL THE EVANGELICAL MOVEMENTS, THE PURITAN, PIETIST AND MORAVIAN
COMMUNITIES, WHICH WERE BORN IN ENGLAND AND BOHEMIA, WERE THE FIRST TO HAVE
THE COURAGE TO PUT INTO PRACTICE THE TEACHING ON MISSIONS.
THE PRESENT WORK AIMS TO PRESENT CHRONOLOGICALLY THE EARLIEST HISTORICAL DATA
PRESERVED TO THIS DAY, WHICH TELL US ABOUT THE FIRST EVANGELICAL MISSIONARIES,
ABOUT THE FIRSTAREAS THEY HEADED TOWARDS AND THEIR PIONEERING WORK THERE.
KEY WORDS: MISSION, EVANGELICAL, PURITANS, PIETISTS, MORAVIANS,
INTRODUCTION
The evangelical movement was a breath a fresh air for the Christian churches. It
brought with it a number of changes both in theory and in practise. Church morality had
become outdated and so had evangelism and mission work.
Until the 17th century, the Catholic Church had had the largest mission ministry in
the world. However, given its extremely strict requirements, such as the rule of celibacy,
and the use of Latin, this religion was difficult to practise in pagan areas, and the work
proved largely ineffective 2. By the 18th century, Catholic missions had already begun to
1 Droctorand, at Reformed Theology College, Babe' Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Teacher in school
education, professional degree ,,Definitivat. E-mail: ben ru ben@yahoo.com
2 Acording to Jonathan Hill, Ghid al istoriei cre~tinisnu/ui, (Oradea: Casa Crtii, 2008), 376

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