Lydia Willsky-Ciollo's American Unitarianism and the Protestant Dilemma: The PDF

By Lydia Willsky-Ciollo

American Unitarians weren't onlookers to the drama of Protestantism within the 19th century, yet lively individuals in its primary conundrum: biblical authority. Unitarians sought what different Protestants sought, which was once to set up the Bible because the fundamental authority, in basic terms to discover that the duty used to be now not as simple as they'd was hoping. This ebook revisits the tale of 19th century American Unitarianism, offering that Unitarianism used to be based and formed by means of the dual hopes of protecting biblical authority and committing to overall unfastened inquiry. This tale suits into the bigger narrative of Protestantism, which, this booklet argues, has been outlined by way of 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 better narrative of biblical authority in Protestantism throughout the tale of 4 major Unitarian figures: William Ellery Channing, Andrews Norton, Theodore Parker, and Frederic Henry Hedge. All 4 participants performed a relevant position, at diverse occasions, in shaping Unitarianism, and in opting for how precisely spiritual authority functioned of their nascent denomination. along with those principal figures, the e-book is going either backward, reading the evolution of biblical authority from the overdue medieval interval in Europe to the early 19th century in the United States, and ahead, exploring the interval of Unitarian experimentation of spiritual authority within the overdue 19th century. The e-book additionally brings the booklet firmly into the current, exploring how questions on the Bible and non secular authority are being spoke back this present day through modern Unitarian Universalists. total, this ebook goals to convey the yank Unitarians firmly again into the old and historiographical dialog, now not as outliers, yet as non secular humans deeply devoted to fixing the Protestant trouble of non secular authority.

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