Thursday, July 9, 2009

rich relatives...

This from the Emerson and Thoreau scholar (and Unitarian) David Robinson (in 1989):

"Like a pauper who searches for the next meal, never knowing of the relatives whose will would make him rich, American Unitarians lament their vague religious identity, standing upon the richest theological legacy of any American denomination. Possessed of a deep and sustaining history of spiritual achievement and philosophical speculation, religious liberals have been, ironically, dispossessed of that heritage."


(note: This quote was taken from a sermon by Jane Rosecrans found on the Web of American Transcendentalism-as was the picture)


fausto said...

And amen.

The Eclectic Cleric said...

If you haven't done so already, it would really be worth your while to hunt down and read this entire paper, which I believe was part of a theological symposium at Starr King. If memory serves, David's larger argument in this paper was that in a denomination which prides itself on the absence of a creed, a shared sense of our historical legacy is on important "glue" that holds us together as a coherent faith tradition.