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“Organization and Development of the Unitarian Movement,” by Earl Morse Wilbur

Chapter XXII: “Organization and Development of the Unitarian Movement”

by Earl Morse Wilbur

in A History of Unitarianism in. Transylvania. England, and America

(Harvard, 1952) pages 435-66

Earl Morse Wilbur

Earl Morse Wilbur

Wilbur begins by noting “that without their wishing it, (Unitarians) were practically a community by themselves.” (page 435)

  1. What were the forces for and against organizing the Unitarian movement?
  2. Was the paltry support given the AUA caused by fear of the potential power of the Association or simply a lack of key talent to promote it?
  3. Why of all religions should Unitarians be particularly interested in children? Explain the reasons for Unitarian pioneering in Sunday School work,
  4. Was theological dispute the key reason for “the denomination’s slow progress” (page 462) or was this seeking a scapegoat for a lack of organizational zeal and fervor?

The full text of Earl Morse Wilbur’s A History of Unitarianism is available online from Starr King School for the Ministry.

Series Navigation<< Earl Morse Wilbur’s “The Period of Controversy: 1800-1825”“Evangelical Unitarianism,” by Thomas L. Smith >>
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