Dean Grodzins

in The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195331035
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article explains the connection of the New England Unitarianism to the emergence and development of Transcendentalism and the circumstances in which the emergence took place. The article states that all of the members of the Transcendentalist movement were affiliated at some point with New England Unitarian churches. Some were even Unitarians throughout their lives; some started in another faith and became Unitarians. Most of the leading male Transcendentalists spent part or all of their careers as Unitarian ministers. Transcendentalists looked upon Unitarian leaders as mentors. The religious descendants of the Unitarians, the Unitarian Universalists, take pride in Transcendentalism as part of their particular denominational heritage. The article also talks about the many dimensions of the relationship between Transcendentalists and “mainstream Unitarians”. One significant theological difference between mainstream Unitarians and Transcendentalists was their divergent views of the significance and historicity of biblical miracles, particularly the miracles of Jesus.

Keywords: Unitarianism; New England Unitarianism; Unitarian ministers; biblical miracles

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (19th Century)

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