Friday, September 1, 2006
Hedge's 'Reason in Religion' and other classics online.
Thanks to a tip from Spirituality and Sunflowers, I see that many Unitarian and Universalist classics are among the books in Google's new digital library. I have just downloaded Frederic Henry Hedge's overlooked classic of post-Transcendentalist Unitarian theism, Reason in Religion (1865), a very brittle copy of which I had read in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library some years ago. Google's copy is personally inscribed from Hedge to George Bancroft.
I see that Google isn't the only source, however. The University of Michigan also has a digital copy in the public domain, somewhat more navigable — and you can buy a reprint from them for $45.95.
The trick will be to build a catalog of the these titles so that they're easy for scholars, students, ministers, and other researchers to find them.
Update 9.2.06: I should add that the one chapter from Hedge's book that I'd put on a seminarian's reading list is Part II, Chapter V, "The Spirit in the Letter" (pages 301-316), which answers Ralph Waldo Emerson's denigration of institutions, history, and liturgy while preserving key Transcendentalist insights.
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 1 September 2006 at 7:13 AM