December 8, 1999 Geneva, NY – Lowell Bloss, professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, addressed the Geneva Women's Club on Monday, December 6, at the Geneva Women's Club, 336 Main St., Geneva. As a religious historian and comparativist of religions, Bloss discussed “Millennarianism” with the group. With the coming of the 21st century, and with such contemporary movements during this century as Heaven's Gate, Jonestown, and David Koresh, Bloss' insights have become popular on campus and in the community. He also discussed religion as it applies to various groups such as the Native Americans, Shakers, and Christians.
“I explore how and why various peoples in diverse historical circumstances have raised ultimate questions and how these peoples attempt to put the answers they find into effect in their lives and lives of others,” Bloss says. “The switch to the year 2000 is a time ready-made for those who are already into preparation to remake themselves.”
Bloss has served the religious studies department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1972. He received his bachelor's degree in history from Colgate University, and his master's and doctoral degrees in the history of religions from the University of Chicago.