H. Byron Earhart

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H. Byron Earhart (born 1935) is an American historian, Ph.D, and author, especially about Japanese religions. [1]


Life and studies

He was born on January 7, 1935, in Aledo, Illinois; son of Kenneth Harry and Mary (Haack) Earhart. [2] His father enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served on the battleship USS Missouri. His grandparents and mother held a frozen food locker in Havana, Illinois. [3] H. Byron Earhart married Margaret Donaho en 1956 and they had three children. [2]

Earhart attended Knox College in Galesburg, majoring in philosophy and religion. He enrolled at the University of Chicago in a graduate program, got a Fulbright grant and went to Japan for three years of doctoral research. [3] He studied under Mircea Eliade and Joseph M. Kitagawa at the University of Chicago, where he received a doctorate in History of Religions. [4]


He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University [5] from which he received in 1981 a Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. [6]

His textbook Japanese Religion: Unity and Diversity (1969) is considered a classic, through several editions, and "has remained one of the only treatments of Japanese religious history truly suitable for use in undergraduate classrooms". [7]

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