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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 110, May 4-5, 1850

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Identifier: DX09364487

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 110, May 4-5, 1850

Description: Gives his thoughts on religion after hearing a sermon in a Universalist Church.

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as I have now, — perchance I am as little increased in wisdom as in coin. But one thing — oh one thing! sends a sharp, fierce, impatient sick thrill through my heart — Dearly! deeply! passionately loved Mary [Bilton] — I am No Nearer you — (Commenced letter for George Bolton)

5. Sunday. With Mr [Henry] Hart to a Universalist Church. As eloquent and truly Christian a sermon as ever I had the good fortune to hear. The text chosen from the Gospel of the loved Apostle — the last prayer of Our Savior. The words “That they all may be One .” And thus was the Preachers mode of conducting it. Firstly he spake how that divine prayer had not in one Sense been (as yet) answered — yet in another it had. Of the infinity of Creeds — and how they had strayed so far from the spirit of their divine founder, as to hate and persecute. Finely and unexaggerated epithets did he apply to each — the papal tiara overtopping the crown of earthly monarchs, — the stern puritans of the heaths of Scotland and Plymouth Rock, —men iron without and an iron creed within; — the cold intellectuality of the Unitarian; the fiery sudden emotion creed of Wesley and Windfield: two Transcendentalist, who had discovered the Christ of the Bible to be “a Christ of Nature and Morals.” Of the darker shades of Creed-bickering — the racks of the Inquisition, Smithfield fires, Huss [Jan Hus], [Michael] Servetus, Sicilian Vespers and Saint Bartholomew. / Of the cause of this. A mistake as to Faith —that it was forced upon us as proceeding from the intellect, in place of springing from the Affections. This

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1850-05-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Religion
Sermons
Transcendentalism
Unitarians
Diaries

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