HDS 2770

Unitarian and Universalist Thought in the Nineteenth Century

Daniel McKanan


This seminar will explore the intellectual shapers of the Unitarian and Universalist traditions in the nineteenth century, with special attention to the founders and formative theologians of each tradition, the challenges of Transcendentalism and Spiritualism, and the interactions of Unitarianism and Universalism with broader currents of religious liberalism in the United States. Male and female, lay and ordained, elite and popular thinkers will all be represented. Featured writers may include John Murray, Judith Sargent Murray, Hosea Ballou, Joseph Priestley, William Ellery Channing, Andrews Norton, Hannah Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Theodore Parker, Lydia Maria Child, Adin Ballou, James Freeman Clarke, Lucy Stone, Francis E. Abbot, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Celia Parker Woolley.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1544

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Wed 1pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Room 213

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religions of the Americas
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None