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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 significant conundrum: biblical authority. Unitarians sought what different Protestants sought, which was once to set up the Bible because the basic authority, simply to discover that the duty was once now not as simple as that they had was hoping. This publication revisits the tale of 19th century American Unitarianism, offering that Unitarianism was once based and formed by way of the dual hopes of conserving biblical authority and committing to overall loose inquiry. This tale suits into the bigger narrative of Protestantism, which, this e-book argues, has been outlined through 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 lines the larger narrative of biblical authority in Protestantism throughout the tale of 4 major Unitarian figures: William Ellery Channing, Andrews Norton, Theodore Parker, and Frederic Henry Hedge. All 4 participants performed a crucial function, at varied instances, in shaping Unitarianism, and in picking out how precisely spiritual authority functioned of their nascent denomination. in addition to those primary figures, the e-book is going either backward, reading the evolution of biblical authority from the past due medieval interval in Europe to the early 19th century in the US, and ahead, exploring the interval of Unitarian experimentation of non secular authority within the past due 19th century. The booklet additionally brings the publication firmly into the current, exploring how questions on the Bible and non secular authority are being responded at the present time by means of modern Unitarian Universalists. total, this booklet goals to convey the yank Unitarians firmly again into the old and historiographical dialog, no longer as outliers, yet as non secular humans deeply dedicated to fixing the Protestant hindrance of non secular authority.

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