American Unitarianism and the Protestant Dilemma: The by Lydia Willsky-Ciollo

By Lydia Willsky-Ciollo

American Unitarians weren't onlookers to the drama of Protestantism within the 19th century, yet lively members in its imperative conundrum: biblical authority. Unitarians sought what different Protestants sought, which used to be to set up the Bible because the basic authority, purely to discover that the duty was once no longer as simple as they'd was hoping. This e-book revisits the tale of 19th century American Unitarianism, featuring that Unitarianism was once based and formed by means of the dual hopes of keeping biblical authority and committing to overall unfastened inquiry. This tale suits into the bigger narrative of Protestantism, which, this ebook argues, has been outlined through a deep devotion to the singular authority of the Bible (sola scriptura) and, conversely, a troubling ambivalence as to how such authority should still functionality. How, in different phrases, can a book function a resource of authority?

This paintings lines the higher narrative of biblical authority in Protestantism during the tale of 4 major Unitarian figures: William Ellery Channing, Andrews Norton, Theodore Parker, and Frederic Henry Hedge. All 4 members performed a valuable function, at various instances, in shaping Unitarianism, and in selecting how precisely non secular authority functioned of their nascent denomination. along with those crucial figures, the ebook is going either backward, interpreting the evolution of biblical authority from the past due medieval interval in Europe to the early 19th century in the US, and ahead, exploring the interval of Unitarian experimentation of spiritual authority within the overdue 19th century. The e-book additionally brings the e-book firmly into the current, exploring how questions about the Bible and spiritual authority are being replied this day by means of modern Unitarian Universalists. total, this booklet goals to carry the yankee Unitarians firmly again into the ancient and historiographical dialog, no longer as outliers, yet as spiritual humans deeply devoted to fixing the Protestant hassle of spiritual authority.

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