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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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In the evening I had a visit from Mr. Parker.
I am so great a lover of courage in all forms, and
of every unreserved expression of opinion and
belief, that I extended my hand to him, thanking
him cordially for his candor. But, nevertheless, I
told him frankly my objections to his Christology,
and we had a good deal of quiet controversy. I
found Parker extremely agreeable to converse
with, willing to listen, gentle, earnest, and cordial.
I stated to him also my objections to the Unitarian
point of view in general, because from it many
of the greatest and most important questions
about God, humanity, and life must be left
unsolved, and never could be solved. Parker heard
me with much kindness and seriousness, and
conceded various things; conceded among others the
reasonableness of miracles, when regarded as
produced by a power in nature, but not out of
it—nature conceived on a larger scale.

Parker has a pure and strongly moral mind; he
is, like Emerson, captivated by the moral ideal.
This he places before his hearers in words full
of a strong vitality, and produces by them a higher
love for truth and justice in the human breast.
Parker, however, as a theologist, is not strong;
nor can he talk well upon the most sublime and
holy doctrines of revelation, because he does not
understand them. In his outbursts against the

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