Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Happy birthday, Frederic Henry Hedge!
One of my favorite forgotten Unitarians was born on this date in 1805. Frederic Henry Hedge helped introduce German language studies to the United States, encouraged his Unitarian colleagues' interest in German romanticism (which became "Transcendentalism"), and promoted a form of liberal Christianity that embraced ecumenism and historical change. (His wing of post-Civil War Unitarianism is often referred to as "broad church" Unitarianism.)
Last year, I discovered that his key book, Reason and Religion, is available in digital form. I highly recommend adding the chapter "The Spirit in the Letter" to your reading lists; it's Hedge's answer to Emerson's negative view of institutions and doctrines.
Thanks for the birthday reminder, James!
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 12 December 2007 at 8:34 AM