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Eugenicists Discover Jesus

Christine Rosen

in Preaching Eugenics

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156799
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019515679X.003.0005
Eugenicists Discover Jesus

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This chapter explores the creation and growth of the American Eugenics Society, whose energetic efforts to woo religious supporters met with remarkable success throughout the 1920s. The chapter describes the Society’s Committee on Cooperation with Clergymen, headed by Rev. Henry Strong Huntington, which counted many prominent religious leaders as members, as well as the Society’s multiple “eugenic sermon contests,” which drew enthusiastic entrants from across the country and from a wide denominational spectrum. The chapter traces the participation of religious leaders such as Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Bishop William Lawrence, Rev. Guy Emery Shipler, Rev. Phillips Endecott Osgood, Bishop Francis John McConnell, and Rabbis Louis Mann and David de Sola Pool. It also describes the successful efforts of the society’s most skilled eugenics propagandist, Albert Edward Wiggam.

Keywords: American Eugenics Society; Committee on Cooperation with Clergymen; Harry Emerson Fosdick; Henry Strong Huntington; Phillips Endecott Osgood; eugenic sermon contests; Albert Edward Wiggam

Chapter.  11967 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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