Transcendentalists Revisited - Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens
“Mrs. Birdseye: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody’s Reminiscences of W.E. Channing and the emergence of Transcendentalism in America.”
The opening session last week focused on the dramatic story of the death of Charles Follen in the burning of the Steamer Lexington on Long Island Sound, Jan. 13, 1840, and some background on the role Follen played in bringing German idealism to America. He was both Harvard’s first professor of German, 1825-1835, and taught ethics and history in the early 1830s at the Divinity School as well. Here is the Wikipedia article about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Follen
This week we turn to his friendship with the leader of American Unitarians, William Ellery Channing, and how Follen’s death impacted Channing personally and led to a demand for church reform.
If you are so inclined, I recommend reading Channing’s 1828 sermon, “Likeness to God.” http://www.americanunitarian.org/likeness.htm, which I will allude to early in my talk.