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Edinburgh 1910 and the Genesis of the IRM


  • Brian Stanley


The International Review of Missions broke new ground as a periodical designed for mission executives and missionaries throughout the English-speaking world. It was intended to be a means of international exchange of ideas and information within the new discipline of “missionary science.” This article assesses three aspects of its intended role during its first decade: its purpose to make the study of missions a scientific and experimental discipline, its limits related to Edinburgh 1910's focus on Protestant work “among non-Christian peoples,” and its function of promoting a new ecumenical spirit among different missionaries and thinkers of different nations. The formation of the International Missionary Council (IMC) can be interpreted as a fruit of the IRM's intent to create an ecumenical missionary outlook that was genuinely international in character.