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Western Lecture Series
The Historical St. Nicholas: Myths and Realities
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Speaker: Patrick Lowinger
Location: Olympic College - Poulsbo (Room 105)
Free, registration not required. Open to the public.
Who was St. Nicholas? Was he real or imaginary? How did the life of this fourth century Christian bishop shape our modern Christmas season? During his life Nicholas was renowned for his acts of piety and charity. At the same time, Nicholas, who had been persecuted for his own faith, was a zealous and often violent persecutor of heretics and Pagans. This lecture examines Nicholas' life, legacy and the myths which circulated widely about him after his death. Myths which ultimately led to his canonization within the medieval Christian Church. Join us as we see what history says about the 'Historical' St. Nicholas.