Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, 3rd ser. 5 (1826), 444–53.

Hope for the Heathen: A Sermon: By the Rev. John Mason, D.D.  [2/2]



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Mason 1803


Exploration, Scientific Practitioners, Religion

    In the sermon John M Mason contrasts the resoluteness of explorers with the timidity of Christians reluctant to engage in overseas missions. He observes that the most formidable difficulties which might be encountered in missionary work to the 'heathen' are regularly overcome by 'carnal' explorers: 'They can visit the savage tribes, can cross their rivers, climb their mountains, traverse their forests; can learn their language, conform to their manners, acquire their confidence; can patiently submit to hunger and cold, fatigue and peril:—For what? To decorate earthly science, or to collect the dust of lucre, or the vapours of fame' (451).

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