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.