Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mr. Emerson

July 15th came and went and I forgot to encourage you to read Ralph Waldo Emerson's Divinity School Address, which he gave to the graduating class of divines at Harvard on July 15, 1838.

Well, here it is. If you're a Unitarian Universalist, you ought to acquaint yourself with it:


If you're a fan of "Self-Reliance," remember that it was written soon after the firestorm that was unleashed as a result of the "Address." Emerson was feeling hurt, misunderstood and defensive; hence the slightly defiant, juvenile tone of "Self-Reliance."



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