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Latourette, Kenneth Scott (1884–1968)

  1. Benjamin Fischer

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0788

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Fischer, B. 2011. Latourette, Kenneth Scott (1884–1968). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Born in Oregon City to a middle-class Baptist family, Latourette was early on encouraged in the two pursuits that characterized his life: faith and learning. As an Orientalist, missiologist, and historian of Christianity's expansion, he became, according to Norwegian missiologist O. G. Myklebust (1955: 13), “the greatest missionary scholar that America has produced.”


  • latourette, kenneth scott (1884–1968);
  • orientalist, missiologist;
  • “the greatest missionary… America has produced”;
  • apologist of christian mission