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The Theology of Charles Hartshorne

The following excerpts are from the writings of Charles Hartshorne. To read more about Hartshorne’s life and work, click here.

Secular knowledge supports the religious idea of God if, and only if, by religion is meant something quite distinct from what has passed as orthodox theology.

“America’s Real Religion:” The Theology and Social Action of A. Powell Davies

This essay explores the intersection of the life, theology, and social action of A. Powell Davies. To read the complete biography of Davies, click here.

For America’s real religion is the world’s real religion: the only religion that can save us and heal our dissensions.

A. Powell Davies

Symbols of Power – Preface

by Herbert F. Vetter

© Herbert F. Vetter, 2000

My theological education at the University of Chicago included work with Charles Hartshorne, the notable exemplar of the process oriented philosophy known as panentheism (not pantheism), which is admirably described in the current Encyclopedia Britannica.…

Symbols of Power

The Enduring Significance of Emerson’s Divinity School Address, by John Haynes Holmes

An Address by John Haynes Holmes, D.D. Minister of the Community Church, New York, N. Y.

Delivered as the Ware Lecture on may 25, 1938, in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of this memorable address. The Ware Lectures were established in honor of the distinguished services of three generations of the Ware family to the cause of pure Christianity.

Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism: Channing’s Address

The leader of Boston’s Unitarianism in the early nineteenth century was William Ellery Channing, whose grandfather William Ellery was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1780,William Ellery Channing was called to become minister of the Federal Street (now Arlington Street) Church of the Federal Street Church in Boston in 1803.…

Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism: Parker’s Manifesto

IV. Parker’s Manifesto

by Conrad Wright

“The brilliant genius of Emerson rose in the winter nights,” Theodore Parker recalled, “and hung over Boston, drawing the eyes of ingenuous young people to look up to that great, new star, a beauty and a mystery.…

Theodore Parker

Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism: Emerson’s Heresy

III. Emerson’s Heresy

by Conrad Wright

In May, 1819, Ralph Waldo Emerson was still a student at Harvard College. His own minister was Channing, since his mother had taken up going to the Federal Street Church after the death of Emerson’s father in 1811.…

Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism: Channing’s Platform

II. Channing’s Platform 

by Conrad Wright

Two kinds of epoch‑making addresses may be distinguished. There is, on the one hand, the speech innocently delivered, with no thought that it will prove to be memorable. Thus the Gettysburg Address has lived while the major oration of that occasion has been forgotten.…