Book cover of Heathen: Religion and Race in American History by Kathryn Gin Lumby Kathryn Gin Lum

An innovative history that shows how the religious idea of the heathen in need of salvation undergirds American conceptions of race.

If an eighteenth-century parson told you that the difference between “civilization and heathenism is sky-high and star-far,” the words would hardly come as a shock. But that statement was written by an American missionary in 1971. In a sweeping historical narrative, Kathryn Gin Lum shows how the idea of the heathen has been maintained from the colonial era to the present in religious and secular discourses—discourses, specifically, of race.

Interview with the Author

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Kathryn Gin Lum, “Heathen: Religion and Race in American History” (Harvard UP, 2022)
10/7/22          47 min

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Maxwell Institute Podcast #145: The Idea of the “Heathen” with Kathryn Gin Lum
7/27/22          27 min

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