Empirical Tradition in American Liberal Religious Thought, 1860-1960
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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Francis Ellingwood Abbot 18361903
William James Potter 18291893
David Atwood Wasson 18281887
MinotJudson Savage 18411918
Shailer Mathews 18631941
Gerald Birney Smith 18681929
Shirley Jackson Case 18721947
Albert Eustace Haydon 18801975
Henry Nelson Wieman 18841975
Bernard Eugene Meland 18991993
American American liberal B. E. Meland become believe Chicago School Christ Christology Church conception contended cosmic creative culture Darrow David Atwood Wasson Divinity School doctrine E. S. Ames emphasis Empirical Theology empiricism eternal ethical evil evolution experience F. E. Abbot faith force Foster Free Religion Free Religious Association function G. B. Smith George Burman God's Groveland growth H. N. Wieman Haydon historical Humanist humans Ibid ideal ideas immanent individual infinite intellectual intelligence Jesus knowledge liberal living M. J. Savage Mathews means Meland metaphysical minister modern moral nature noted notion one's organism orientation person perspective philosophy position principle reality rejected relations religious humanism religious thought revelation rience salvation scientific method scientific realism seeking Shailer Mathews Shirley Jackson social society soul spiritual supernatural Theism theory things tion tradition transformed truth understanding Unitarian W. J. Potter Wasson Wieman