American Unitarianism and the Protestant dilemma : the conundrum of Biblical authority
Book description: This work traces the greater narrative of biblical authority in Protestantism through the story of four main Unitarian figures: William Ellery Channing, Andrews Norton, Theodore Parker, and Frederic Henry Hedge. All four individuals played a central role, at different times, in shaping Unitarianism, and in determining how exactly religious authority functioned in their nascent denomination. Besides these central figures, the book goes both backward, examining the evolution of biblical authority from the late medieval period in Europe to the early nineteenth century in America, and forward, exploring the period of Unitarian experimentation of religious authority in the late nineteenth century. The book also brings the book firmly into the present, exploring how questions about the Bible and religious authority are being answered today by contemporary Unitarian Universalists. Overall, this book aims to bring the American Unitarians firmly back into the historical and historiographical conversation, not as outliers, but as religious people deeply committed to solving the Protestant dilemma of religious authority.
Willsky-Ciollo, Lydia. American Unitarianism and the Protestant dilemma : the conundrum of Biblical authority. Maryland: Lexington Books, 2015.
Willsky-Ciollo, Lydia, "American Unitarianism and the Protestant dilemma : the conundrum of Biblical authority" (2015). Religious Studies Faculty Book Gallery. 86.