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“The Period of Radicalism,” by George Willis Cooke

Chapter VII: “The Period of Radicalism”

by George Willis Cooke

in Unitarianism in America

(American Unitarian Association, 1902), pages 155ff

1) Did the theological disputes of the time effectively kill Unitarian extension due to a preoccupation with theology and a drying up of contributions by conservatives?

2} The AUA resolved in 1853 rejecting “Parkerism” and affirming the “Divine authority…of the religion of Jesus” (page 157). Although the resolution contained some qualifying language, it might be argued that this came dose to a denominational creedal affirmation. What problems might such a statement pose for a dissenting local congregation?


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