The Overly Candid Missionary Historian: C.G.A. Oldendorp’s Theological Ambivalence over Slavery in the Danish West Indies

Anders Ahlbäck

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This article examines the depictions of slavery and the Afro-Caribbean slave population in C.G.A. Oldendorp’s history of the Moravian mission to the Danish sugar islands S t T homas, S t John and S t Croix. Comparing the original manuscript with the heavily edited version authorized and published by the radical-pietistic Moravian church in 1777, it discusses Oldendorp’s theological and emotional ambivalences over the issue of slavery. S truggling to reconcile the socially conformist Moravian mission theology with his personal impressions from a voyage to the Caribbean in 1767–68 and close encounters with Afro-Caribbean Christian converts, Oldendorp presented an ambiguous critique of slavery. T he cuts, omissions and alterations to his manuscript made by the editor, Johann Jakob Bossart, point to significant tensions within the Moravian church over this issue in the 1760s–1770s. 

AlkuperäiskieliEi tiedossa
OtsikkoPorts of Globalisation, Places of Creolisation Nordic Possessions in the Atlantic World during the Era of the Slave Trade
ToimittajatHolger Weiss
ISBN (painettu)978-90-04-30278-5
TilaJulkaistu - 2015
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Kirjan osa tai toinen tutkimuskirja


  • Afro-Caribbeans
  • C.G.A. Oldendorp
  • Danish West Indies
  • Denmark--Colonies--History
  • Johann Jakob Bossart
  • Lutheranism
  • Moravians
  • Slavery-- Scandinavia--History
  • Slavery--Denmark--History
  • anti-slavery sentiment
  • missionary work
  • pietism
  • slavery