Empirical Tradition in American Liberal Religious Thought, 1860-1960

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Religion - 298 pages
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This book introduces the empirical tradition in American liberal religious thought, from 1860 to 1960, by exploring the thought of significant individual contributors. The first section focuses on four participants in the Free Religious Association of 1867, which supported free religion, the scientific method, and evolution: F. E. Abbot, W. J. Potter, D. A. Wasson, and M. J. Savage. The second section focuses on the empirical tradition as expressed by eight scholars from the eight scholars from the Chicago School in American liberal religious thought: S. Mathews, G. B. Foster, E. S. Ames, G. B. Smith, S. J. Case, A. E. Haydon, H. N. Wieman, and B. E. Meland.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Francis Ellingwood Abbot 18361903
15
William James Potter 18291893
33
David Atwood Wasson 18281887
51
MinotJudson Savage 18411918
69
Conclusion
87
Introduction
95
Shailer Mathews 18631941
103
Gerald Birney Smith 18681929
159
Shirley Jackson Case 18721947
175
Albert Eustace Haydon 18801975
193
Henry Nelson Wieman 18841975
211
Bernard Eugene Meland 18991993
227
Conclusion
243
Endnotes
255
Bibliography
279

George Burman Foster 18571918
119
Edward Scribner Ames 18701958
141

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The Author: W. Creighton Peden received a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and Ph.D. from St. Andrews University, Scotland. He is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Augusta State University. Peden served as the founding president of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, 1987-2008. He is the author of Wieman s Empirical Process Philosophy (1977); co-editor of H. N. Wieman s Creative Freedom: Vocation of Liberal Religion (1982); co-editor of H. N. Wieman s Science Serving Faith (1987); co-author of Whitehead s View of Reality (1981); author of The Chicago School: Voices of Liberal Religious Thought (1987); co-editor of The Chicago School of Theology: Pioneers in Religious Inquiry, Vol. I II (1996); and author of The Philosopher of Free Religion: Francis Ellingwood Abbot, 1836-1903 (1992).

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