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Books Discussion | Religion, Civilization, and Imagination with authors Toru Nakamura and John Van Hagen

September 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This evening, we welcome two distinguished writers with different perspectives in the realm of imagination, faith, and civilization.

As the 21st century dawned, international economist, Toru Nakamura, PhD, began visiting some of the world’s ruins. He was awestruck at the prehistoric ruins Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey. Dr. Nakamura learned that the Greek symbol of the caduceus, a wand topped with wings and two entwined snakes, likely originated at this remarkable prehistoric site. There, as the last Ice Age was ending, the human imagination that led to the birth of civilization burst out. He writes about his experience in Snakes, Birds and Dreams: Göbekli Tepe and Caduceus.

In Agnostic at the Altar: Searching for Transcendence in the Story of the Prophets, former Catholic priest and psychologist John Van Hagen engages the voices of the ancient Jewish prophets in an effort to find something of a universal voice that speaks to all people. He builds upon the work of Scripture scholars, religious writers, and his own experiences to pave a path by which readers can engage in religion, while at the same time defending against harmful religious claims and practices.

The discussion will include a Q&A and book signing. Light refreshments will be served. Please note our new 6:30PM start time, a half-hour earlier than previous Folio events. 


September 5, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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