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Yale Professor to be Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecturer

Oct 1, 2002 - Professor Harry S. Stout, the Jonathan Edwards Professor of the History of Christianity at Yale University, will speak at Union University on October 17, 2002, as the sixth annual Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecturer. Dr. Stout’s evening lecture, which will begin at 7:15 pm in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel, is entitled “The Moral and Religious Legacy of the American Civil War.” An afternoon lecture, planned for 1:40 pm, will be on “New Directions in American Religious History.”

Professor Stout, a highly respected scholar, is the author or editor of numerous books on American religious history. These include The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England (1986); An Enemy Among Them (1987); Jonathan Edwards and the American Experience (1988); Dictionary of Christianity in America (1990; winner of the “Book of the Year Award” from Christianity Today ); The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism (1991; winner of the Critic’s Award for History); Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards and the Representation of American Culture (1993); A New England Congregation: First Church, New Haven, 1638-1988 (1994); New Directions in American Religious History (1997); and, Religion and the American Civil War (1998). Dr. Stout’s present research deals with the moral and religious history of the civil War. At Yale, he currently teaches graduate seminars on Jonathan Edwards and on American revivalism.

Previous Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lectures include: Jack P. Greene of Johns Hopkins University (1997); Gerhard Weinberg of the University of North Carolina (1998); Martin Marty of the University of Chicago (1999); Richard Stites of Georgetown University (2000); and Jay Winter of Yale University (2001).