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GMALL Presents – The Opening of the Protestant Mind

February 27 @ 4:00pm-5:30pm


Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Washington University Professor Dr. Mark Valeri to talk about how early Anglo-Americans came to embrace religious liberty. From 1650 through 1760, English descriptions of the religions of the world – vividly pictured in engravings, dictionaries, and travel narratives – underwent a remarkable change. They began with unabated criticism of non-Protestant religions: Native American traditions as satanic, Islam as violent, and Roman Catholicism as idolatrous. During the mid-eighteenth century, in contrast, they lauded the moral mindsets of many Native Americans, admired the learning within many Islamic sects, and applauded the kindness of many Roman Catholics. Pushed by the need to consolidate loyalty to an increasingly pluralistic empire, they looked especially for notions of liberty of religious choice and toleration in all religious traditions. In New England, such changes affected their interactions – in trade, military affairs, and missionary encounter – with Native Americans. This presentation, based on the new book, ‘The Opening of the Protestant Mind’, describes and explains such changes. This talk will also be available to view online via live stream. Registration is $22 per person. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.

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