By Linfu Dong
James Mellon Menzies (1885-1957) was once a Canadian engineer, Presbyterian missionary, and archaeologist lively in China within the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. In a practice that observed archaeology as a way of collecting artefacts for the collections of Western museums, Menzies believed in amassing for the folks of China. He additionally observed his archaeological paintings as an extension of his missionary paintings, connecting, via his discoveries, the spiritual ideals of historical China to these of evangelical Christianity.
In Cross tradition and Faith, Linfu Dong sheds new gentle at the glossy stumble upon among China and the West via Menzies's existence, paintings, and proposal. He elucidates the tough 'negotiation' approaches that Menzies continued on a number of degrees and with a number of forces, together with chinese language nationalism, Western imperialism, the evangelical undertaking, and his personal own curiosity in chinese language archaeology inside that world.
Despite his trust in assuring chinese language artefacts remained in China, a few of Menzies's own assortment was once donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and to the paintings Gallery of larger Victoria in British Columbia. This has guaranteed his position within the cultural reminiscence of either East and West - acceptable, due to the fact his lifestyles so frequently straddled the 2 worlds.
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Some students worked among Eastern European immigrant communities in Toronto, while others took rural charges for practice preaching. Menzies spent two summers in home missions. 18 The following summer he spent among the native people in Muskoka, Ontario. Compared with the Prairies, Muskoka was much more pleasant. The land was covered with dense forest and hundreds of lakes, the 'cottage country' of today. ' Although the YMCA remained high in Menzies's agenda, his focus shifted to the Student Volunteer Movement.
Fun, the school history notes, 'was something new. Fun was not something that students had much experience of at university before the 1880s. But student life in these turn-of-the-century years was indeed changing, as the old discipline of college life, kept in place for years by small student numbers and traditional respect for authority, was lost once and for all. ' When the authorities tried to intervene, the students went on strike. 10 James Menzies never got caught up in the 'laddish' side of engineering life.
What is our trade policy compared to the evangelization of the world in this generation? 28 Toronto, 1903-1905 29 These conventions introduced James Menzies to the heroic image of a foreign missionary, but equally important was the inspiration of returned missionaries. In 1904 Menzies 'took a decided stand' and joined Dr McTavish's Central Presbyterian church, a mission-minded congregation. '29 In 1908, Menzies, as the chair of the university SVM, was the organizer for John Mott's visit to Toronto.
Cross Culture and Faith: The Life and Work of James Mellon Menzies by Linfu Dong