The “Why Myths Matter” forum is the second in a two-year series of forums dedicated to the theme of American myths. It is held on February 24, 2016 at the Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia PA. Click here to view information on the entire series. Speakers are listed below along with a guide to navigate the podcast:
1:00 – Welcome and short reflection by Rev. Robin Hynicka – Jeremiah 10
6:18 – Speaker introductions and overview of the book Myths of the Rune Stone – author David M. Krueger
24:50 – Dr. Jon Paul – Lutheran Theological Seminary – What about the role of fantasy and playfulness in the rune stone story? References to novelists Ole Rolvaag and Louise Erdrich.
33:00 – Dr. Nathan Wright – Bryn Mawr College – Despite the dangers of myth to exclude and dominate, they are necessary for societies to function. References to Durkheim, Bellah, and other sociologists.
45:50 – Dr. Katie Oxx – St. Joseph’s University – The ways that Catholics negotiate American identity. A comparison of the “Pope stone” and the “rune stone.” References to “new materialism.” How do material artifacts act on us?
54:00 – Rev. Jim McIntire – Havertown UMC – Myth fills a gap in public discourse. Conspiracy theorists like Scott Wolter profit handsomely from propagating myths. Reflections Joseph Campbell’s book on myths.
1:10:50 – Audience Response
Why Myths Matter to Americans:
A Round-Table Discussion w/Author David M. Krueger
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – 7:00-8:30 pm at Arch Street UMC: Philadelphia, PA
DR. JON PAHL: the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He is the author of Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence.
DR. NATHAN WRIGHT: an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. He has researched historical changes to religious belief and practice among Mormons in the U.S.
DR. KATIE OXX: an assistant professor in the History of Christianity at St. Josephs University and producer and historical director of the documentary “Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia.”
REV. JIM MCINTIRE: Pastor of Hope UMC in Havertown, PA. His passion for American history and it’s implications has been lifelong and has led him to studies in political science, history, and law.
Why do people believe myths that have been disproven by science? Why have Americans fought over stories about who was here first? Does Viking enthusiasm have anything to do with white supremacy? This event is a conversation with author David M. Krueger about his book Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America. Copies will be available for sale at the event and the author will be available to sign them.
This is the second forum in Arch Street’s “American Myths Series,” which facilitates thoughtful reflection on the content and meaning of stories that shape national identity. Childcare will be provided. Arch Street UMC is located at 55 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, one block north of City Hall.