Henry F. Brownson (essay date 1882)
SOURCE: An introduction to The Works of Orestes A. Brownson, Vol. I, edited by Henry F. Brownson, Thorndike Nourse, Publisher, 1882, pp. v-xxviii.
[In the following excerpt, one of the sons of Orestes Brownson provides an overview of this father's philosophical and religious beliefs.]
It should be borne in mind that [Orestes Brownson] became a publicist at the age of only a little over twenty years, and for fifty years was before the public as a preacher, a lecturer, and a writer. Starting with a belief in the progressive perfectibility of the human race, and the denial of all authority except that of humanity, that is, of the people, or the masses, he did not...
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