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By John Kekes

In his contemporary booklet opposed to Liberalism, thinker John Kekes argued that liberalism as a political approach is doomed to failure via its inner inconsistencies. during this spouse quantity, he makes a robust case for conservatism because the top substitute. His is the 1st systematic description and safeguard of the fundamental assumptions underlying conservative concept.

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The writings of Coleridge were especially important in galvanizing the movement known in the 1830s and 1840s as Transcendentalism, an offshoot of Unitarianism that signaled a critical shift away from an exclusive emphasis upon Christian doctrine, stressing that God was embodied mostly through human experience and the natural world. While Bushnell rejected the post-Christian theology of Transcendentalism associated with Parker and Ralph Waldo Emerson, he did share their fascination with the natural world, and in particular the Transcendentalist tendency to seek out distinctive metaphors to speak of God’s being.

As individuals matured, they grew not only in their knowledge and wisdom of the world, but also in their understanding of the nature and purpose of God in the world. Comparing the process of nurture to the role of parents enabling their children to reach healthy adult maturity, faith needed to be taught with an eye to the needs of the child. This understanding of faith as a developmental process was especially critical for how Bushnell looked at the church’s education of young people. ”19 In effect, Bushnell advocated a progressive model of education that had as a goal an ability for young Christians to match their life experiences with particular doctrinal teachings.

We cannot bow before a being, however great and powerful, who governs tyrannically,” Channing observed. ”14 Channing and other early Unitarian leaders were familiar with developments in German theology, including the work of Schleiermacher, and they asserted that the nature of humanity was prone not to evil, but through the example of Christ, toward virtue and goodness. 15 American Unitarianism helped foster new ways of looking at the significance of Christ, not just in terms of his death and resurrection, but for people like Charles Sheldon, in how the nature and purpose of Jesus’ life gave people a blueprint for living out their lives.

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