(April 15, 2015)

Religion Matters hosts Dr. Seth Perry of Princeton University

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College of Louisiana's Religion Matters speaker series will host Dr. Seth Perry of Princeton University on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium for his presentation Playing Paul in the Early Nineteenth Century: Lorenzo Dow's Apostolic Performance. This event is free and open to the public.

Lorenzo Dow, an American preacher said to have preached to more people than any other preacher of his era

"Lorenzo Dow was the most famous evangelical preacher in America during the first decades of the nineteenth century," said Perry. "Dow achieved his fame through eccentric behavior modeled on that of the apostles as described in the New Testament. Dow traveled widely, founded churches, dispensed advice and explained doctrine in lengthy epistles."

In addition to his public presentation, Perry will discuss Why Study Religion? with the Religious Studies Honor Society, TAK, and lecture to Dr. Spencer Dew's Introduction to Christianity course on various American visions of Jesus.

Perry is Assistant Professor of Religion in the Americas at Princeton University. He has received fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the American Antiquarian Society. His work has appeared in the edited collection Gods of the River: Religion and Culture along the Mississippi (Indiana University Press, 2013) and American Periodicals as well as in publications such as The Chronicle Review, Sightings, and Religion Dispatches.