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Mackay, John Alexander
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(May 7, 1889, Inverness, Scotland – Jun 9, 1983, Hightstown, NJ), missionary to Latin America. Mackay studied philosophy and theology at Aberdeen and Princeton (1913–1915). His interest in missionary work brought him into contact with the Student Volunteer Movement and its leaders R. Speer, J. Mott, and S. Zwemer. Seeking ongoing dialogue between theology and culture, Mackay became acquainted with such figures as Miguel de Unamuno, who became his intellectual mentor and on whom he wrote his doctoral thesis.

In 1916 the Free Church of Scotland sent him to Peru as a…

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Prien, Hans-Jürgen, “Mackay, John Alexander”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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