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  • By Stephen H. Furrer
    Jul 26, 2012
    In this provocative volume, historian Charles Eddis carefully sorts through events of the late 1940s and early ‘50s concerning the intersection of communism and liberal religion—events fraught with great intrigue, secrecy, and extraordinary passion at the time. In particular, the author focuses on the work and legacy of Rev. Stephen H. Fritchman, Youth Activities Director of the American Unitarian Association from 1938-1942 and later Editor of The Christian Register (1942-1947). The author documents ideological rigidity and partiality on Fritchman’s part that, he argues, was and remains incompatible with Unitarianism’s commitment to true open-mindedness. Eddis challenges those who label Fritchman’s firing as Editor an example of anti-communist hysteria; “The issue…was not Fritchman’s editorial views, but his unwillingness to accommodate points of view incompatible with his own in any of the pages of the denomination’s magazine.” This book goes into areas of denominational history that... More > no one else has written about or studied in such depth and evenness. It is well worth reading for anyone interested in understanding this turbulent period in world—and liberal religious—history. The author concludes that after he left denominational headquarters and accepted the call to be Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, Steve Fritchman (whether he’d ever been a bona fide member of the CP-USA or not) forsook capital-C communism for his own idiosyncratic brand—and became a stronger, better Unitarian leader as a result. Stephen H. Furrer Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco< Less
  • By sue.dietrich
    Dec 29, 2011
    Thank you for this lovely book, Charles. I bought this for my brother Charles as well and we both are very pleased for you. I think this book makes a great gift. I've asked my local library to stock the book as well. Sue Dietrich
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Hardcover Edition
April 14, 2011
Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.34 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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