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The Mary White Lecture

Thursday, 24 October 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

Toronto, ON

The Mary White Lecture

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Prof. Elizabeth Clark, Duke University-Department of Religion, John Carlisle Kilgo Professor

Prof. Elizabeth A. Clark
Duke University-Department of Religion
John Carlisle Kilgo Professor



“’Rome’ in the Nineteenth-Century Protestant Imaginary: American Professors, Ancient ‘Pagans,’ and Early Christianity"

The lecture explores what ancient Rome signified to nineteenth-century American professors of Christian history. The professors took a largely negative view of ancient Rome: “pagan” Rome could serve as a foil for the glories of early Christianity but also served to explain why it took such a long time for Christianity to reform morals (the material on which it had to work was corrupt). 

Sexual immorality and slavery in ancient Rome were two topics that  received considerable attention in the professors’ teaching and writing.  Only at the turn to the twentieth century does a less apologetic approach to Christianity begin to emerge.  This talk is based largely on archival sources pertaining to professors at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Union Seminary.

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George Ignatieff Theatre
15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 2E2

Thursday, 24 October 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

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