How Empire and Colonialism Perverted Missions 

November 17, 2022

Western missions were tied to imperialism and colonialism. Kai Steinman and Rebekah Mui discuss the interweaving of empire, Christendom, and mission with all its dark sides. At the same time, they call our attention to the beauty of Christ’s kingdom shining among the ashes.

The China Mirage by James Bradley

The Way of the Cross by Guy Hershberger

Rebekah discusses and quotes extensively from Hershberger’s book in this essay.

Stuart Murray, “After Christendom: Does the Label Matter?” 

Find more of Rebekah’s work at

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December 2nd, 2022 10:05 am

One response to “How Empire and Colonialism Perverted Missions ”

  1. Jason Yutzy

    I realize the episode was short and perhaps if the participants had more time, they would have talked about this, but isn’t it kind of a fallacy to assume an empire builder is doing what he is doing for the reasons he gives? The historical examples given, particularly the US in the Philippines, has always seemed to me to be an example of using missions as a fig leaf to justify empire building. How do we differentiate between stated goals and actual reasons driving actions?

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