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“Religious Tendencies in Colonial New England,” by Earl Morse Wilbur

Chapter XX: “Religious Tendencies in Colonial New England”

by Earl Morse Wilbur

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

(Harvard, 1952), pages 379-400

As the definitive historian of Unitarianism, Wilbur’s chapters on American Unitarianism are a must reading for a background in polity.…

“On Revivals of Religion,” by Nathaniel Thayer

“On Revivals of Religion”

by Rev. Dr. (Nathaniel) Thayer

in The Liberal Preacher, Vol. 1, #2, August, 1827, pp. 4 & 20-30

A leading Unitarian minister catalogs complaints against revivals. Although written after the “revival issue” had quieted in New England, Thayer is obviously familiar with the main arguments lofted earlier. …

“Revivalistic Innovations,” by C.C. Goen

“Revivalistic Innovations” 

by C.C. Goen

in Revivalism and Separatism in New England, 1740-1800

(Wesleyan, 1987) pages 8-35

Goen is professor of history at Wesley Theological Seminary. This reading highlights the reasons the Great Awakening became such a cleavage among New England churches.…

“The Declaration of a Number of the Associated Pastors Relating to the Reverend Mr. James Davenport and His Conduct”

“The Declaration of a Number of the Associated Pastors Relating to the Reverend Mr. James Davenport and His Conduct”

by Benjamin Colman et al., (Boston, 1742)

[Peter Raible reproduces this text as it appears in The Great Awakening: Documents on the Revival of Religion, 1740-1745 (Institute of Early American History & Culture), edited by Richard Bushman (see pages 50-51).

“The Proposals of 1705”

“The Proposals of 1705”

in Williston Walker’s The Creeds and Platforms of Congregationalism

(Pilgrim, 1964 – original 1893) pp. 486-89

The proposals with part of Walker’s commentary indicate how some issues would not lie fallow. After over 40 years, the proper admission to church membership and the privileges and rights thereunto attached were still not a settled matter.…

“Preface to the Result of 1662”

“Preface to the Result of 1662”

in Williston Walker’s The Creeds and Platforms of Congregationalism

(Pilgrim, 1969 – original 1893) pp. 301-13 and pp. 337-39

 

Admission to the colonial church in New England required (among other things) a religious experience, which had to be related in public as a sign of regeneration.…

Kenyan Prayer: Deliver Me

DELIVER ME!

From the cowardice that dare not face new truth,

From the laziness that is content with half truth,

From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth:

Good God, deliver me!

 

 

A James Luther Adams Chronology

The James Luther Adams Papers

The Unitarian Universalist Christian, Vol. 48, nos. 3-4, Fall/Winter 1993

1901 Born November 12 at Ritzville, Washington; son of James Carey and Lella May (Barnett) Adams

1916 Left high school to help support family; learned stenography and worked for a prosecuting attorney

1917-1920 Private secretary to the Superintendent, then Chief Clerk of the Operating Division, Northern Pacific Railroad

1920 Entered the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate

1923-1924 Co-editor of undergraduate sheet, Angels’ Revolt

1924 A.B., University of Minnesota

1924-1927 Harvard Divinity School student, receiving the S.T.B.…

Blessed are the Powerful

The James Luther Adams Papers

The Unitarian Universalist Christian, Vol. 48, nos. 3-4, Fall/Winter 1993

Delivered at the inaugural convocation of the Boston Theological Institute in 1968

The Institute is a consortium of nine seminaries and theological schools: Andover Newton Theological School, Boston College, Boston University School of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Saint John’s Seminary.…

The Bridge of Confidence

The James Luther Adams Papers

The Unitarian Universalist Christian, Vol. 48, nos. 3-4, Fall/Winter 1993

Part 18: The Bridge of Confidence

An Easter Address

One of the more vivid recollections of my youth concerns a long railway trestle which spanned a deep gorge near my boyhood home.…