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Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People's History
John Buehrens begins his new history with the observation that "Religion is people." While previous accounts of Universalism and Unitarianism have focused on a few great men, this history shines a light on the contributions of many, both exalted and obscure, whose stories illustrate the texture of lived religion. Both faiths are chronicled in parallel development through t ...more
(first published April 15th 2011)
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Interesting read most of the way through, although author didn't need to include every detail on every individual he covers. I didn't need to know who played basketball in high school, for instance. In fact, there were times I wanted to scream out loud if I read one more extraneous detail about someone. In fact, I did scream out loud when he wrote that he retired as UU president and moved near to where his parents retired. (Does his parents' choice of location play a large role in UU history? No ...more
A very enjoyable history of Unitarianism and Universalism, both as free-standing religions, and then as they joined. Written from the perspective of representative key individuals. Better on stories than building a hypothesis about why we are what we are, although the intent was clearly to build that perspective by looking at the leaders of the denomination (be they local leaders or national). Useful, and easy to read. Better as a source of the narrative of our path than the principles on which ...more