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Lunchtime Lecture: Shifting Patterns in British and American Protestant Globalism in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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Join us for a lunchtime public lecture and discussion with renowned Professor of World Christianity Brian Stanley (University of Edinburgh).

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 12–1 pm
Where: Room 10

"From Conversion and Civilization to Development? Shifting Patterns in British and American Protestant Globalism in the 19th and 20th Centuries"


Professor Stanley will shed light on the shifting contours of British and American Protestant thinking about the needs of global humanity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the early nineteenth century, the missionary quest for conversion was closely linked to the impulses of antislavery and ‘civilization.’ As the century proceeded, these humanitarian dynamics were supplanted by an emphasis on ‘relief,’ which in the twentieth century evolved into ‘development.’ Important though theological change is, the lecture will instead draw attention to the extent to which Christian thinking about world mission has been profoundly shaped by secular influences such as global famines, war, and the power of the photographic image.


Brian Stanley (PhD, Cambridge) is a British historian, best known for his works in the history of Christian missions and world Christianity. He is Professor of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. His books include The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Billy Graham and John Stott (2013), The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910 (2009), and, most recently, Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History, (2018).


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Brian Stanley

Professor of World Christianity, School of Divinity (University of Edinburgh)

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