Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Farewell to the missionary 'hero'" - Christianity Today

A genre of Christian literature is coming to a close. In it, writers lifted missionaries up as heroes and gave them a "larger-than-life" status.

For generations, books and articles have been written that raise missionaries up, "putting them on a higher level" than the ordinary Christian.

Partially, may biographers had not seen the day-to-day, hum-drum life that missionaries in other countries had to face. Additionally, the small, internal conflicts that we all experience were largely unknown. Now, a new genre is coming out, with hundreds - no thousands, of books be written and published as e-books and self printing.

So, this article argues that a new kind of honesty is taking the place of the "hero" concept.

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