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See the Events & Links page for information about two journals of interest to Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals. It just happens I've published in the latest issues of both, as duly noted. I'd like to advertise other publications, blogs, etc. of interest on this page, as well--so let's be in touch. --GKB

Transforming Liberalism: The Theology of James Luther Adams, now available on Kindle e-book

February 18, 2017

Transforming Liberalism: The Theology of James Luther Adams (Boston: Skinner House, 2005) is now available on Amazon Kindle as an e-book @ $6.  A bargain!  The book systematizes the notoriously un-systematic Adams, generally regarded as the most important Unitarian Universalist theologian and ethicist of the twentieth century.  The structure and contents of the book follow Adams’s themes, and the citations from Adams, including the stories for which he was famous, convey the character and charisma of the man.

The contents of the book are conveyed by the chapter title (keyed to an Adams quote) and, to convey a sense of the content, sub-chapter headings.  Adams’s characteristic dialectic– running from being to confronting to renewing–structures the whole.

Introduction– The impact of Adams’s thought; Theology in a prophetic key; “Liberalism is dead, Long Live Liberalism!”

I. Being Religious: “The Intimate and the Ultimate”– Religious consciousness; All are theologians; The Loss of the sacred; Being born anew; Cryastalizing religious understanding

II. Being Human: “The Primacy of the Will”-The Mystery of Human Freedom; Against Angelism; Tragic History; Metanoia; Identity Formation

III. Confronting the Demonic: “Blessed are the powerful”–Power, the mark of the real; The Demonic; Contemporary idolatry; Worldliness and otherworldliness; The courage to confront evil

IV. Confronting Injustice: “By their groups you shall know them”–The moral imperative; The prophetic tradition; The institutionalization of prophetic faith; Voluntary associations; The human vocation

V. Renewing Community: “The coveant of being”–The meaning and the use of covenants; Covenants constitute history; Toward an inclusive covenant; Covenant as creation in time; Covenant, grace, and peace

VI. Renewing Faith: “Taking time seriously”–The inescapablity of faith; Paradoxical faith; Meaning in history; The personalization of faith; Redeeming time







Religious Freedom / Spiritual Freedom

November 10, 2014

“Religious Freedom and Spiritual Freedom” is an address I gave for the 34th World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom, in Birmingham, England, last summer. Considering that they meet only once in every three or four years, it’s not surprising that the IARF should be the oldest inter-religious association in the world. Having observed its flagging fortunes in recent years, I wanted to move us to dig a little deeper into the question, Who are we and what is our mission? As T. S. Eliot said, “A tradition cannot be inherited, it must be earned.” Read more…

Remembering 25 Beacon Street

March 26, 2014

To be sung to the tune of “The Old Rugged Cross”:


On an old Beacon Hill

Lived a Channing named Bill,

Was the first to unbutton his mind.

All his reasoning was sound

For he finally found

That a straight will beat three on a kind!


How we cherish that old Beacon Hill,

Where our leader unbuttoned his mind,

Oh, the thought of it gives me a thrill,

That a straight will beat three of a kind!

Read more…

Spring (Lento) reading

March 6, 2014

Spring (Lento) reading

you too[b] pure happiness

January 26, 2014

photo: Patricia Galagan, Campicello pond

[with thanks to Stephanie Mendlow]

never did this before
let’s see if it’ll work
after all the unhappiness
I was ready for this
maybe you too[b]

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