LECTURE—David A. Hollinger, “American Missionaries and the Struggle for Control of Christianity’s Symbolic Capital”

Thursday, November 7

7:00 PM

Church History Museum Auditorium, Salt Lake City

Drawing on his recent book Protestants Abroad (2017), acclaimed historian David A. Hollinger will discuss historical efforts to spread the gospel to populations beyond the North Atlantic West.

How did American Protestant missionaries attempt broader engagement with the varieties of faith generated in post-Reformation Europe and the United States and the cultural diversity of the globe? How did the indigenous peoples missionaries encountered make use of Christianity, challenging missionaries’ assumptions and altering the expectations of support groups at home? Hollinger will explore these broader engagements down to the present and comment on the ideas and practices of Global South Christians that play powerfully into divisions within American churches over what the gospel entails.

About the Speaker

David A. Hollinger (born April 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois) is the Preston Hotchkis Professor of History, emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. His specialty is in American intellectual history. He is the author of a number of books on religion and society, including Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World But Changed America (Princeton University Press).


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church History Department