The Gospel, the Declaration, and the Divine Child

Dan McKanan

in Identifying the Image of God

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145328
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834471 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

 The Gospel, the Declaration, and the Divine Child

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Examines both theoretical and literary expressions of the “ultra” reform tradition. This tradition was shaped by the charismatic personality of William Lloyd Garrison (editor of The Liberator) and the radical pacifism movement known as nonresistance. The theology of nonresistance held, first, that the gospel demands a practice of nonviolent love; second, that humans possess sufficient natural virtue to fulfil that gospel mandate; and third, that no human being should be subordinated to any other. These ideas found literary expression in Henry Clarke Wright's autobiography, Human Life, and in Sylvester Judd's novel, Margaret. Yet these novels also betrayed the liberal faith in humanity to the extent that they assumed that true nonviolence could be achieved only by Christ‐like children, rather than by all people.

Keywords: Christology; William Lloyd Garrison; gospel; Judd; Liberator; nonresistance; pacifism; ultra reform; Wright

Chapter.  21890 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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