publication . Article . 2010

Reassessing the death of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson

Thorgeir Kolshus; Even Hovdhaugen;
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  • Published: 07 Dec 2010 Journal: The Journal of Pacific History, volume 45, pages 331-355 (issn: 0022-3344, eissn: 1469-9605, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
THE FIRST BISHOP OF MELANESIA, JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON OF THE ANGLICAN Melanesian Mission, was killed 20 September 1871 on Nukapu, an islet in what today is the Vaeakau district of the Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. Next to John Williams of the London Missionary Society (LMS), he figures as the most prominent martyr in the Christianisation of the Western Pacific. The stories of his life and death occupy a central position in the popular religious mythology of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and in the history of the Anglican Church. From the outset, Patteson's killing has been interpreted as an act of revenge for the kidnapping of five men from Nukapu b...
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