School of Aeronautics
Missionary, Aviation, Culture, Westernization, Anthropology, Missions, Aeronautics
Aviation Safety and Security | Management and Operations | Missions and World Christianity | Social and Cultural Anthropology
Van Pelt, Aidan, "Advancing Christ: Understanding how Foreign Cultures Respond to Missionary Aviation" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1041.
After World War II, missionary aviation became a profound influence on the world of missions. The impacts of missionary aviation culture on the spread of the Gospel in foreign locations will be investigated to better understand how it influences Christianity. The effect of expediting the travel-time to remote locations is apparent, but missionary pilots have several other influences as well, such as, community development, education and discipling locals. These various cultural aspects will be explored by first defining the culture, discussing the history of missiological responses and the origin of missionary aviation, and then examining the effects of missionary aviation to the local groups. Finally, a conclusion will extrapolate on the positive and negative influences of aeronautical missions.