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By Lydia Willsky-Ciollo

ISBN-10: 0739188925

ISBN-13: 9780739188927

American Unitarians weren't onlookers to the drama of Protestantism within the 19th century, yet energetic members in its vital conundrum: biblical authority. Unitarians sought what different Protestants sought, which was once to set up the Bible because the basic authority, in simple terms to discover that the duty was once no longer as simple as that they had was hoping. This publication revisits the tale of 19th century American Unitarianism, offering that Unitarianism was once based and formed via the dual hopes of keeping biblical authority and committing to overall unfastened inquiry. This tale matches into the bigger narrative of Protestantism, which, this ebook argues, has been outlined via a deep devotion to the singular authority of the Bible (sola scriptura) and, conversely, a troubling ambivalence as to how such authority may still functionality. How, in different phrases, can a book function a resource of authority?

This paintings strains the larger 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 crucial function, at various occasions, in shaping Unitarianism, and in making a choice on how precisely non secular authority functioned of their nascent denomination. along with those critical figures, the publication is going either backward, reading the evolution of biblical authority from the overdue medieval interval in Europe to the early 19th century in the USA, and ahead, exploring the interval of Unitarian experimentation of non secular authority within the overdue 19th century. The e-book additionally brings the e-book firmly into the current, exploring how questions on the Bible and non secular authority are being responded this present day by way of modern Unitarian Universalists. total, this booklet goals to carry the yank Unitarians firmly again into the ancient and historiographical dialog, no longer as outliers, yet as spiritual humans deeply devoted to fixing the Protestant problem of spiritual authority.

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