New PDF release: American Unitarianism and the Protestant Dilemma: The

By Lydia Willsky-Ciollo

American Unitarians weren't onlookers to the drama of Protestantism within the 19th century, yet lively contributors in its critical conundrum: biblical authority. Unitarians sought what different Protestants sought, which was once to set up the Bible because the basic authority, in basic terms to discover that the duty used to be no longer as simple as that they had was hoping. This e-book revisits the tale of 19th century American Unitarianism, providing that Unitarianism was once based and formed through the dual hopes of holding biblical authority and committing to overall unfastened inquiry. This tale matches into the bigger narrative of Protestantism, which, this booklet argues, has been outlined via a deep devotion to the singular authority of the Bible (sola scriptura) and, conversely, a troubling ambivalence as to how such authority may still functionality. How, in different phrases, can a book function a resource of authority?

This paintings strains the larger narrative of biblical authority in Protestantism during the tale of 4 major Unitarian figures: William Ellery Channing, Andrews Norton, Theodore Parker, and Frederic Henry Hedge. All 4 members performed a primary function, at varied instances, in shaping Unitarianism, and in identifying how precisely non secular authority functioned of their nascent denomination. in addition to those critical figures, the publication is going either backward, interpreting the evolution of biblical authority from the past due medieval interval in Europe to the early 19th century in the USA, and ahead, exploring the interval of Unitarian experimentation of spiritual authority within the past due 19th century. The ebook additionally brings the e-book firmly into the current, exploring how questions about the Bible and non secular authority are being spoke back this day through modern Unitarian Universalists. total, this booklet goals to deliver the yank Unitarians firmly again into the historic and historiographical dialog, now not as outliers, yet as non secular humans deeply dedicated to fixing the Protestant problem of spiritual authority.

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