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Timely and Timeless: The Wisdom of E. Burdette Backus Price: $14.95 Write a review | No reviews for this product.
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Edwin Burdette Backus was born in Blanchester, Ohio, in 1888. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1909 and his B.A. from Meadville Theological Seminary in 1912. He pursued post-graduate studies at Oxford, Harvard, the University of California, and universities in Berlin and Jena, Germany, and was awarded a D.D. degree in 1940 by Meadville. After serving as minister of Unitarian congregations in Lawrence, Kansas, Erie, Pennsylvania, and Des Moines, Iowa, as well as the Chicago Humanist Society, he was called to the pulpit of All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis in 1938. There he served until the end of 1953. He died in 1955.

Burdette was a celebrated representative of humanistic liberal religion, widely respected for his popular radio ministry and as a spiritual leader of a congregation noted for its activist support of civil rights, First and Fourteenth Amendment civil liberties, world peace, mental health, and religious expressions deeply rooted in principles of freedom, reason, tolerance, and social responsibility. He became a shining example of a broad-gauged liberal minister, rich in compassion, gentleness, courage, personal dignity, scholarly grounding, equally appreciative of scientific method and democratic values - a good person, a good parson, a good world citizen.

It is a delight that many of his choice radio addresses and sermons are once again to available, with fresh readers inspired by how clear, spare, persuasive, and eloquent he was as a preacher. Savor this recovery of Burdette's radio and pulpit sermons, and be amazed at how current, gripping, and challenging they are.

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