Emerson: Divinity School

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Emerson gave the “Divinity School Address” at Divinity Hall at Harvard, in the small room pictured here.

The address was considered by the faculty in the room heretical–the latest form of infidelity, as one critical review put it. I found a site that discusses this address, a Christian Minister who views it as a version of heresy still with us.

What gets Emerson into trouble–what language suggests heresy? Is it the same sort of argument that he makes in “American Scholar”? Do you think the more orthodox listeners in the audience get Emerson right or wrong in their understanding of this address and its vision?

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