Monday, November 24, 2008

Echoes of Old Heresies Still Among Us

[The Christian Post] 24 Nov 2008--Just a few hours ago I stood at the very spot where one of the most significant addresses in American history was delivered - and where the settled understandings of the Christian ministry and the church's theology were thrown into revolution.

The date was July 15, 1838, the place was the chapel of Divinity Hall at Harvard, and the speaker was Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson had been asked to deliver an address to the Senior Class of the Divinity College, and he accepted the challenge. Emerson was then a part-time Unitarian preacher, but his intellectual stature in the movement known as Transcendentalism attracted the attention of the students training for ministry.

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