When: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: 
Kirby Hall of Civil Rights Auditorium (Rm 104)
Presenter: 
Dr. Herman Tull
Price: 
Free

The Christian missionaries who spread out into Asia, Africa, and the New World from the 16th through the 19th centuries carried with them a strong sense of the heathen, the non-Christian “other.” Although the missionaries imbued heatheness with certain general characteristics (idol worship; ignorance of the Christian scriptures), they were acutely aware of the vast differences in beliefs and in social practices among those they encountered. This lecture will explore how the 19th-century Protestant Christian represented the heathen other in India, a construction that involved several simultaneous notions of otherness, from the otherness of Indian religiosity, to the otherness of living on the margins of Indian society (a prime target of the missionaries), and finally, to the otherness of being an Indian Christian convert.

Sponsored by: 
Earl A. Pope Guest Lecture Fund, through the Department of Religious Studies, supported by the Lyman Coleman Guest Lecture Fund

Contact information

Name: 
Eric Ziolkowski
Phone: 
6103305181
Email: 
ziolkowe@lafayette.edu