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“Tensions in Unitarianism A Hundred Years Ago,” by Frederick May Eliot

“Tensions in Unitarianism A Hundred Years Ago”

by Frederick May Eliot

(1946) pp. 5-10

Frederick May Eliot

Frederick May Eliot

This short section, which deals with internal Unitarian tensions and social issues in the pre-Civil War period, is included here because it points up how most Unitarian clergy related to social issues.

The document raises anew the question whether, in actuality, our churches and ministers are more controlled by societal and member attitudes than by vaunted principles.


The full text of Eliot’s article is available through the HathiTrust digital collection here.

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