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Empirical Tradition in American Liberal Religious Thought, 1860-1960

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This book introduces the empirical tradition in American liberal religious thought, from 1860 to 1960, by exploring the thought of significant individual contributors. The first section focuses on four participants in the Free Religious Association of 1867, which supported free religion, the scientific method, and evolution: F. E. Abbot, W. J. Potter, D. A. Wasson, and M. J. Savage. The second section focuses on the empirical tradition as expressed by eight scholars from the eight scholars from the "Chicago School" in American liberal religious thought: S. Mathews, G. B. Foster, E. S. Ames, G. B. Smith, S. J. Case, A. E. Haydon, H. N. Wieman, and B. E. Meland.

The Author: W. Creighton Peden received a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and Ph.D. from St. Andrews University, Scotland. He is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Augusta State University. Peden served as the founding president of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, 1987-2008. He is the author of Wieman's Empirical Process Philosophy (1977); co-editor of H. N. Wieman's Creative Freedom: Vocation of Liberal Religion (1982); co-editor of H. N. Wieman's Science Serving Faith (1987); co-author of Whitehead's View of Reality (1981); author of The Chicago School: Voices of Liberal Religious Thought (1987); co-editor of The Chicago School of Theology: Pioneers in Religious Inquiry, Vol. I-II (1996); and author of The Philosopher of Free Religion: Francis Ellingwood Abbot, 1836-1903 (1992).

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