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To Find God in Nature: The Riddle of Thoreau’s Religion (HTFG)
Start Date:Thursday, February 8 (1 meetings)Location: LHS, 220
Instructor: Richard Higgins Meeting Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuition: $25($20 for seniors)Status: Running/Still Openings

When Thoreau called trees spires that lifted his vision to “heaven,” the woods his “sanctum,” or the forest a “sacred place,” he revealed a part of him that is often misunderstood. He rejected meetinghouses and railed against formal religion but had a deep religious sensibility and a palpable sense of the holy. He professed to revere Pan or Buddha but spoke reverently of God and at times to God in his Journal. The key to this riddle is that Thoreau did not reject the church because it stood for religion; he did because it did not. It killed a true religious impulse, he said. “We check and repress the divinity that stirs within us to fall down and worship the divinity that is dead without us.” Thoreau sought a “truer” religion he sought in and through nature, which he found suffused with divinity. Thoreau said his vocation was to “find God in nature.” Is it possible he was searching for God beyond nature?