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Introduction

Welcome to herbswanson.com. The primary purpose of this website is to contribute to the study of Thai church history. Readers will also find material on northern Thai and Thai history, international church history, and other subjects related to the study of the past and the church's past and present in Thailand. The website is organized on the model of a library with three "departments" or sections. They are: Reference, Periodicals, and Stacks. The Website Contents guide, below, provides a list and brief description of what will be found in each section.

In addition, users will find here a BLOG dedicated largely to sharing resources that I have come across online that are relevant to the study of Christianity in Thailand. IF you are doing research on Thai Christianity or related subjects, you might want to spend a little time looking at the blog. I started it in November 2012, and the latest entry was posted on September 12, 2014. For citations to all of the sources referred to on the blog see the Citations List.

Please feel free to come in, browse, and use what you find helpful. Downloaded material may not be distributed without permission, and the contents of this site may not be quoted at length. Using properly attributed brief quotations for academic purposes is permissible.

I trust that you will find the contents of herbswanson.com helpful. Peace.

Herb Swanson
Lowville, New York
herbswanson@frontier.com


Note: And if you like, visit my other blog, Rom Phra Khun: A Pastor's Blog.

News & Notes

Users of the Bibliography of Materials Related to Christianity in Thailand should check the bibliography from time to time as I am periodically adding new entries to it. While the goal of completeness is an impossible one, it does encourage me to keep looking online for new citations and for links to items already in the bibliography.

NEW SOURCES: [1] A posting to the BLOG dated 28 November 2012 briefly describes (here) a rare source for 20th century Thai church history, a long essay by Boon Mark Gittisarn entitled, "Modernism Takes Its Toll Of Mission Work." Those interested in the rise of Thai evangelicalism and Pentecostalism will find this source esp. helpful. [2] And a thesis by Ian Bushell that includes material on the role of Presbyterian missionaries in modernization in northern Siam is, with the author's permission, also now available on this website (here). [3] Six entries for Philip J. Hughes in the Bibliography of Thai Christianitynow have PDF links including most notably Proclamation and Response: A Study of the History of the Christian Faith in Northern Thailand. (2d edition, 1989) and Thai Culture, Values and Religion: An Annotated Bibliography of English Language Materials. (Rev. ed. Chiag Mai: Manuscript Division, Payap College, 1982).

NEW CONTENT: A piece that I wrote in 1992 entitled, "Historical Summary of the Christian Movement in Nan Province" is now available, as of October 29, 2012. It is more of an extended essay on the historical experience of the churches of the Fifth District, Nan Province, of the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) than anything else. It's original purpose was not academic, but it is based on a large number of oral history interviews plus the requisite archival research. It is a study in local church history in what was historically the most distant and isolated cluster of churches in northern Thailand. The thesis of the essay is that decisions made and habits of thinking and working developed many decades in the past still strongly influence the churches of Nan today .

IN PROCESS: In October 2012, I began translating a draft history of Thai pastoral care, which I originally wrote in Thai (with a lot of help!) into English. It is fairly lengthy, and I expect that it will take some time to finish it. You can follow my progress, if you like (here).


Website Contents

As also stated in the Introduction, above, and indicated in the folder tabs at the head of each page, herbswanson.com is organized into four departments. The contents of each department are as follows:

Reference

Bibliography of Materials Related to Christianity in Thailand. An English-language bibliography of materials directly related to the subject including primary as well as secondary sources of information. Under continuing construction.

Bibliography of Materials Related to Orientalism. An introductory English-language bibliography of materials related, generally, to the scholarly debate on orientalism and, especially, the work of Edward Said.

Dictionary. Includes entries on subjects, people, events, and places frequently mentioned in this site. Under continuing construction.

Quotations. A collection of sometimes meaningful, occasionally tongue-in-cheek quotations without annotation. Under continuing construction.

Links. These links will take users to a variety of sites, some related to Christianity in Thailand, others of a more general interest, and some of a personal interest to me.

Periodicals

HeRB: Herb's Research Bulletin. This is an electronic journal containing articles, short items, news & notes, and book reviews on a wide range of subjects, generally but by no means exclusively focused on the history of Christianity in Thailand. See "Introducing HeRB" in HeRB 1 for further information.

HeRD: Herb's Research Diary. The predecessor to HeRB, HeRD went out as an email roughly 20 times per month from 1995 to 2000.

Stacks

Doctoral Dissertation. "Prelude to Irony: The Princeton Theology and the Practice of Presbyterian Missions in Northern Siam, 1867-1880."

Master's Thesis. "This Heathen People: The Cognitive Sources of American Missionary Westernizing Activities in Northern Siam, 1867-1889."

Krischak Muang Nua. A history of the northern Thai Church, 1868 to 1920, which I originally published privately in 1984.

"Northern Thai Protestant Attitudes Towards Other Faiths: Analysis of a Questionnaire." A detailed report on the results of a research project on northern Thai Protestant attitudes towards Buddhism conducted in early 2004. [PDF]

Historical Summary of the Christian Movement in Nan Province. A brief historical essay describing and evaluating the development of the churches, of the Fifth District, Church of Christ in Thailand, located in Nan Province, northern Thailand.

A History of the Laurel Presbyterian Church. A history of the church my family and I attended in Laurel, Maryland, in the 1980s. The church published this study privately in book form in 1986. It may be seen as a prelude to my later work in local church history in Thailand.



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