James Luther Adams

James Luther
Adams
1901
1994

American Unitarian Universalist Theologian, Professor at Harvard Divinity School, Unitarian Parish Minister

Author Quotes

Nothing is complete and thus nothing is exempt from criticism.

A good deal of so-called atheism is itself, from my point of view, theologically significant. It is the working of God in history, and judgement upon the pious. An authentic prophet can be a radical critic of spurious piety, of sham spirituality.

Since the time of separation of church and state they have been classified as voluntary associations: they depend in principle upon voluntary membership and voluntary contributions. The collection plate in the Sunday Service is sometimes objected to for aesthetic reasons, but it is an earnest, a symbol, of the voluntary character of the association, and it should be interpreted in this fashion. It is a way of saying to the community, "This is our voluntary, independent enterprise, and under God's mercy we who believe in it will support it. We do not for its support appeal to the coercive power of the state."

Church is a place where you get to practice what it means to be human.

In its purest form music is not a representational but rather a nonobjective, nonverbal world, it is a world of its own, almost a creatio ex hihilo, an occasion for immediacy of experience, a nonreducible mode of beauty, of contrast and resolution, of order and ecstasy flowing through and beyond the order. Order, and ecstasy rooted in order: that sounds like the relation between law and love, law and gospel.

Author Picture
First Name
James Luther
Last Name
Adams
Birth Date
1901
Death Date
1994
Bio

American Unitarian Universalist Theologian, Professor at Harvard Divinity School, Unitarian Parish Minister