Theodore Parker was both the most controversial and most influential Unitarian of his era. This 1841 sermon was not intended to cause a stir, but his attempt to pare Christianity down to its moral core caused a backlash that estranged him from his fellow Unitarian clergy even as it made him a celebrity. We will consider his complicated life and legacy.
The Classic Readings in Liberal Religion series offers an opportunity to learn more about the development of our religious traditions through short, two-session courses. In the first session the instructor will provide historical and intellectual context and hand out readings. In the second session the class will discuss the readings and share their responses. No prior knowledge is necessary—the only requirement is your curiosity!