The subject of religion is one that touches quite a tender nerve. The human perception of the divine is a topic that has shaped our relations with each for far more centuries than anyone could care to count – and continues to move and influence our world even in this modern age. Regardless to whom or what (if anything) you profess your prayers (I myself no longer engage in spiritual behavior), our culture is bound to the topic of religion for better or for worse; after all, religious sanctuary and differing opinions are two strong roots in the foundations of this strange conglomeration we call a country (I’m referring to puritans, kids). And it is towards history that Dr. A. Glenn Crothers turns with his new book, Quakers Living in the Lions Mouth: The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1863. Join Dr. Crothers for a discerning look at culture and religion as he launches his new release at The Filson Historical Society tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22nd, at 6pm.
Bringing into focus this small sliver of American religious history, Dr. Crothers’ Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth explores the cultural hostility and prejudice experienced by the Quaker community settled in the colonial Northerns of Virginia. By examining the relationship between this minority group – one that professed to ideals of antislavery, pacifism and equalitarian rights – and a society that upheld the opposite as a whole, Crothers uses this isolated experience to discuss the evolution of southern identity, how religious values form and how beliefs affect behavior even in the face of bitter segregation. Proving once more that history is always relevant, Quakers uses a colonial lens to expound on the same issues of modern religious animosity.
Crothers, associate professor of history at the University of Louisville and director of research at The Filson, will present both his book and his ideas at a special launch party tomorrow evening. Following a lecture discussing the finer points found in Quakers, guests can further the hot topics over cheese and wine (which will undoubtedly make things hotter) at a reception honoring Crothers. Come with an open mind, a quick wit and ready yourself for a discussion on the evolution of man’s unique perception of the Mysterious.
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. The Filson Historical Society is located at 1310 South Third Street.
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