The Unitarian Universe

Cynthia Grant Tucker

in No Silent Witness

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780195390209
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866670 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

The Unitarian Universe

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This chapter describes a culture of contradictions where religiously liberal people tend to be socially conservative, where the pulpits' descriptions of truth conflict with the daily reality known in the pews, and where parsonage females bear the brunt of these incongruities. Unitarian women who treasure their freedom from punishing Calvinist creeds and who revel in stretching their minds as they study the Bible in light of their reason and conscience complain of being betrayed by the pulpits' blind‐sided optimism and coldly cerebral sermons. Increasingly, too, they protest that the cult of domestic religion and separate spheres, as canonized by Horace Bushnell, violates the Unitarian values of equity and inclusion. The double standard of authorship and separatist ideology distort and diminish the women's posthumous reputations.

Keywords: social conservatives; reason and conscience; equity and inclusion; domestic religion; Horace Bushnell; separate spheres; double standard; authorship

Chapter.  5691 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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