Religion: History of a Humanist

The life of Charles Francis Potter stands for religious liberalism carried about as far as it can go—if not farther. It also stands for a small but significant segment of U.S. religious history. Raised as a Fundamentalist and proceeding from the Baptist ministry through Unitarianism and Universalism to the founding of his own "new religion" of Humanism, Dr. Potter has managed to keep himself in & out of hot water and public print for a generation.

His autobiography at 66, The Preacher and I (Crown; $4), is the story of an epoch as well...

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