Convergent Paths: The Correspondence Between Early Quakers and Late Medieval HereticsConvergent Paths: The Correspondence Between Early Quakers and Late Medieval Hereticshttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/223551Magill Philips Wing2013-02-06T16:30:002013-02-06T18:30:00
February 6,2013 4:30PM–6:30PM
Magill Philips Wing
Young Academic Alumni Lecture by Dan Zemaitis '03
"The Abbot's Kitchen" from Glastonbury Abbey, which was used as a Quaker meeting in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Philips Wing in Magill Library
Wednesday - February 6, 2013
Tea at 4:15 p.m.
Talk at 4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Religion Department and the Library
This lecture will focus on the relationship the early Quakers had with earlier, Catholic heretics, specifically the heretical theologians John Wycliffe and John Huss. By identifying the specific constellation of characteristics which defined the early Quaker movement, correspondence which the early Quakers had with the earlier theologians becomes clear. From their refusal to swearing of oaths or pay tithes to their hope to recapture a “primitive church,” the early Quaker movement used the examples presented by Wycliffe and Huss as the basis for much of their faith. The modes of transmission for this correspondence, shown in the early Quaker use of works such as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, will be examined, along with the impact this correspondence had on the subsequent history of the Quakers.
Dan Zemaitis received his Ph.D. in Theology and Religion in the spring of 2011 from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. His dissertation, Convergent Paths: The Correspondence Between Wycliffe, Huss and the Early Quakers focused on the theological and social implications this correspondence had on the form and direction which the early Quaker movement took. Dan Zemaitis received his B.A. in history from Haverford in 2003, where his senior thesis work with Professor Kitroeff focused on the post-Cold War Peace movement. Dan Zemaitis currently is an adjunct professor, teaching religion classes at local colleges and universities.
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