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Mar 04, 2010 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
What to say? It's Emerson. Emerson is eternal.

I like that a lot of his sentiments are echoed later by one Frederick Buechner, a personal fave, who surprised even himself in becoming a Presbyterian minister in his life, in addition to the Princeton instructor and scholar and writer he already was.


"I like the silent church before the service begins better than any preaching."

"Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of yo
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in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston. Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian. The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do. "Really, it is beyond my comprehension," Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God. (Quoted ...more
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