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Parker, Theodore
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(Aug 24, 1810, Lexington, MA – May 10, 1860, Florence), Unitarian theologian and preacher. Greatly influenced by transcendentalism (III), he developed a theology based upon intuition, according to which authority and truth had their ultimate sources not in the church nor in the Bible, but in conscience, which Parker often labeled as the voice of God or higher law. Most Unitarians in his time considered him heretical, but Parker’s thoughts mark the emancipation of Unitarianism from orthodoxy. He preached to crowds of 3,000 eac…

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Chesebrough, David B., “Parker, Theodore”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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