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“The Denominational Awakening” By George Willis Cooke

Chapter VIII: “The Denominational Awakening”

George Willis Cooke, Unitarianism in America

(AUA, 1902)

Cooke’s story begins with the burgeoning Unitarian movement post Civil War and then the disruptive story of a new theological battle and even organizational division.

  1. Looking back at the whole disruption from today, how could the dispute have been avoided? Or could it?
  2. Did the later changes in the AUA or the basic failure of the Free Religious Association become the chief factor in healing the disruption?
  3. Did the growth of the intermediary organizations between the AUA and the local churches create a “third force” in the denomination?

 


The text of “The Denominational Awakening” is available here.

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