Theodore Parker: A Biography

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CHAPTER X.
THE CONFLICT RENEWED.

THEY who imagined that Theodore Parker would return from Europe a submissive member of the Boston Association, with changed views and altered purposes, deceived themselves. He came back with every opinion and every determination more than confirmed. He had surveyed his position from a distant point; he had viewed it under all lights; he had examined the institutions of Christendom in the places of their power; he had talked with high priests of the Papal Church in Rome, with Protestant ministers and theologians in London, Oxford, Berlin, Heidelberg, Bâle, Zurich; he had attended lectures from the most eminent professors in philosophy; he had studied the working of ecclesiastical and doctrinal systems; he had noted the signs of the times in the speculative, social, and moral world; and the result was a deeper conviction than ever of the justness of his own method, and the correctness of his own conclusions. He felt himself, more than before even, a reformer, -- one who was commissioned along with many others to lead a new religious movement, as significant in its time as Protestantism was when it appeared. His beliefs were not imported: they were the native product of his own mind and experience. They were felt before they were formulated. As a boy, almost as a child, his sense of the reality, the immanence, the infinite perfection, of God, had been profound; his

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter I - Birthplace and Parentage 1
  • Chapter II - Home and Boyhood 10
  • Chapter III - Teaching and Study 28
  • Chapter IV - Divinity Hall 41
  • Chapter V - The Candidate 67
  • Chapter VI - West Roxbury 88
  • Chapter VII - The Ferment of Thought 125
  • Chapter VIII - The Unitarian Controversy 147
  • Chapter IX - Europe 183
  • Chapter X - The Conflict Renewed 210
  • Chapter XI - The Pastor 241
  • Chapter XII - The Pastor. Specimens of Correspondence 252
  • Chapter XIII - The Preacher 332
  • Chapter XIV - The Reformer 352
  • Chapter XV - The Fight with Slavery 376
  • Chapter XVI - The Kansas War 435
  • Chapter XVII - Failing Health 477
  • Chapter XVIII - The Departure. the Search 508
  • Chapter XIX - The Eternal City 521
  • Chapter XX - Tributes 537
  • Index 583
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