This is the only work on Wasson's contribution to American thought in the context of his support for a religion of humanity and a republican form of democracy. David Atwood Wasson (1823-1887) graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary a Transcendentalist. Fired from his first pastorate for denouncing Calvinism, he organized an independent society and continued his support of the Free Church Movement.Students of American social history, religious, and intellectual history will find a broader perspective of Transcendentalism in "Wasson's Free Religion"; view of nature and its basic laws; commitment to the scientific method and evolution; war for the sake of vindication of justice; true socialization based on reason, conscience and reverence for other persons; objection to the New Testament being used as an encyclopedia of moral and religious truth; and a radical who rejected the notion of faith as an arrested natural faculty. Wasson favored the notion of faith as a spontaneous energy emerging from the human spirit.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd