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By Lydia Willsky-Ciollo

American Unitarians weren't onlookers to the drama of Protestantism within the 19th century, yet energetic individuals in its vital conundrum: biblical authority. Unitarians sought what different Protestants sought, which used to be to set up the Bible because the fundamental authority, merely to discover that the duty was once now not as simple as they'd was hoping. This e-book revisits the tale of 19th century American Unitarianism, providing that Unitarianism used to be based and formed via the dual hopes of conserving biblical authority and committing to overall loose inquiry. This tale matches into the bigger narrative of Protestantism, which, this e-book 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 should 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 participants performed a critical position, at diverse occasions, in shaping Unitarianism, and in deciding upon how precisely non secular authority functioned of their nascent denomination. in addition to those imperative figures, the e-book is going either backward, studying 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 non secular authority within the overdue 19th century. The booklet additionally brings the e-book firmly into the current, exploring how questions about the Bible and spiritual authority are being responded at the present time by way of modern Unitarian Universalists. total, this e-book goals to convey the yank Unitarians firmly again into the historic and historiographical dialog, now not as outliers, yet as spiritual humans deeply dedicated to fixing the Protestant challenge of non secular authority.

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