American Religion Historian will Discuss Christianity's Healing

Feb. 18, 2010

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Amanda Porterfield, Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. will discuss Christianity's popularity at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, in Bennett Auditorium, located adjacent to Draper Hall at 1420 S. 7th St.

Her lecture "Healing in the History of Christianity: Good News?" will be presented by Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

Porterfield's lecture will delve into Christianity's involvement in healing and how this has contributed to its popularity in various times and places. The lecture also will examine dilemmas this dynamic has created.

Porterfield is the author of Healing in the History of Christianity and co-editor of the quarterly journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. Her current research focuses on religion and politics in the early American republic.

Other publications include: Religion in American History; Protestant Experience in America; Healing in the History of Christianity; The Transformation of American Religion; The Power of Religion; Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke Missionaries; and Female Piety in Puritan New England.

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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