Thursday, May 19, 2011

You Unitarians...

This from A.B Muzzey's recollections of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"At the annual Unitarian festival, among those invited to give addresses was Father Taylor, of the Methodist Bethel Church in Boston. 'You Unitarians,' he said in his speech,'are awfully honest...What is to become of your heretic Emerson? I don't know where he will go when he dies. He is hardly good enough to be accepted in Heaven, and yet...Satan wouldn't know what to do with him." (For a similar Fr. Taylor/Emerson quote,go here)



David G. Markham said...

Well, us Catholics invented purgatory and limbo, both possibilities for the likes of Emerson. I would tend to favor purgatory because limbo is for unbaptized infants, but then then again Jesus said that unless you become like a little child you cannot enter the Kingdom of heaven and so maybe limbo is a possibility after all.

Personally, as a universalist and not as a Unitarian, I believe confidently that Emerson is in heaven.

slt said...

Thanks David,
I would even go so far as to say he is probably pretty close to the throne! Blessings