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Environmental Analysis (Pomona)

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missionary, Hiram Bingham III, Hawaii, biography, Christianity


To understand how and why Hiram Bingham III altered the course of his family's historical commitment to missionary service, one must recognize, as he later would, that the world in which he was raised was unlike that of his father, Hiram Bingham, Jr. The father had wanted his son to carry on in the family's service to God, but the roadblocks to the senior Bingham's desires to mold his son in his own image were numerous and interrelated: the family environment into which the child was born, the interaction of that nucleus with the larger community of Honolulu, and the son's later education on the mainland—each aspect contributed to the decline of Hiram III's attachment to the sacred; each stimulated his interest in the profane.

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