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Life and Faith: The Missionary Effect

Robert Woodberry shares a surprising outcome of the missionary endeavour: the growth of democracy.

Robert Woodberry shares a surprising outcome of the missionary endeavour: the growth of democracy.

It’s widely assumed that colonial missionaries destroyed local cultures in the effort to convert people to Christianity, but Robert Woodberry’s research – which was at first roundly rejected, but is now the recipient of numerous academic awards – bears out the remarkably positive democratic effect missionaries had on the places they went.