In Memory of Dr T. Jack Thompson

Professor Brian Stanley remembers Dr T. Jack Thompson (1943–2017), former director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World

It is with great sadness that the School announces the death on 10 August 2017 of Dr T. Jack Thompson. Jack came to New College as Lecturer in Mission Studies in 1993 from the Selly Oak Colleges in Birmingham.  He remained on the staff until December 2008, becoming Senior Lecturer in African Christianity. He served as Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World (now the Centre for the Study of World Christianity) from 2005 to 2008, and fulfilled a number of key roles in the School, including that of Director of Postgraduate Studies. He was a devoted supervisor of many PhD students in world Christianity. Continue reading

Studies in World Christianity 23.1

Appropriations of Christianity

Studies in World Christianity

The five main articles in this issue have been selected from papers given at the 2016 meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the history of the missionary movement and world Christianity, held at New College, Edinburgh, from 23 to 25 June 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘Responses to Missions: Appropriations, Revisions, and Rejections’. Perhaps the most significant shift discernible in the historiography of the missionary movement over the last few decades has been the progressive transfer of scholarly attention from the Western missionaries themselves to indigenous hearers, receptors and agents. Responses to missions were almost always multifaceted and only rarely can be described without qualification as either ‘acceptance’ or ‘rejection’. Indigenous peoples responded selectively to both the missionaries’ presence and their message. Sometimes they welcomed the former, for a variety of instrumental reasons, while being obstinately indifferent to the latter. On other occasions – particularly in the twentieth century – they appropriated the gospel itself while being less than enthusiastic about the continued presence and claims to religious authority of those who had first brought it. Continue reading

Chilembwe Re-Visited – Symposium

Chilembwe Re-Visited
A one-day symposium to mark the centenary of the
Chilembwe Rising in Nyasaland in 1915

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Date: 7th February 2015, 10am – 4:15pm
Place: New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh
Cost: £5 registration (on the day). Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.


  • Dr. John McCracken, Senior Research Fellow, Stirling University
  • Dr. John Lwanda, Malawian historian and activist
  • Mr. David Stuart-Mogg, Co-editor, Society of Malawi Journal
  • Dr. Jack Thompson, Honorary Fellow, School of Divinity, Edinburgh University

Plus Closing Panel Discussion

Co-sponsored by: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, and the Scotland-Malawi Partnership

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