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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Robert A. Yelle, and Mateo Taussig-Rubbo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775366

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.001.0001

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“intolerance of Intolerance” in the Unitarian Controversy

“intolerance of Intolerance” in the Unitarian Controversy

The Theology of Baker v. Fales

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(p.101) Chapter Five “intolerance of Intolerance” in the Unitarian Controversy
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After Secular Law
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Stephanie L. Phillips

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.003.0006

This chapter presents a rereading of the Unitarian controversy in nineteenth-century Massachusetts. It represents a deliberate and violent displacement of one religious regime with another. The controversy concerned a Christian denomination that split in two, ostensibly because of theological differences over the question of the divinity of Christ. Looking at disputes over church property, the discussion shows how such disputes also served as vehicles for the development of new ideas of tolerance and religious orthodoxy, ideas that are as intolerant as their predecessors.

Keywords:   Unitarian controversy, religious regime, church property disputes, religious orthodoxy, Christ's divinity

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