THEODORE PARKER: An Anthology by Henry Steele-Ed. Commager


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This is a representative selection of the writings (out of print) of the transcendalist thinker, the reformer, the non- conformist, the ""crusader for righteousness who may still claim to be The Great American Preacher"". Much as Emerson escaped traditional philosophy in the same era, Parker broke with traditional religion- but brought to it both philosophy and scholarship, as well as a strong sense of moral and social reform. Here, in this one volume, the editor has excluded the longer and some of the more controversial works to concentrate on Parker's ""considered observations on the concepts of the Christian church and the Christian minister; his attempt to systematize Transcendentalism; and his appreciation of such moral and religious leaders as Channing and Emerson"". Commager's introductory evaluation and estimate of his stance as an articulate, passionate champion of ideas and causes and his continuing importance is helpful and forceful.

Pub Date: Dec. 7th, 1960
Publisher: Beacon