Tag: John Dietrich

BLOG: Thoughts on God

Excerpts from an unfinished (undated) manuscript written by Rev. John Dietrich, sometime well after his retirement from First Unitarian Society in 1938, and before his death in 1957. Find the full 33-page manuscript here. His background philosophy For many years, I believed and taught a philosophy and religion, which I called Humanism — a religion that …

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BLOG: Humanist Thoughts on Coping With Evil and Pain

Part of an ongoing series that examines the wisdom from our Humanist Pulpit roots. On Coping With Pain There are three appalling evils connected with affliction. The first is the actual pain and suffering; the second is the shadow which is tends to throw over the universe, the doubts, the loss of faith it engenders; …

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BLOG: A 1922 Address About Morality

Excerpt of a Humanist address, “What’s Wrong With the World,” delivered to First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis by Rev. John Dietrich, January 29, 1922. This is an excerpt of an excerpt, focusing on morality.  … Our problem today is not so much that of freedom from political tyranny (in spite of the temporary reaction during the …

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BLOG: A 1922 Address About Labor

Excerpt of a Humanist address, “What’s Wrong With the World,” delivered to First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis by Rev. John Dietrich, January 29, 1922. This is an excerpt of an excerpt, focusing on economics.  …. There are some people who think that the present economic system was foisted upon society by a group of men who …

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BLOG: What’s Wrong With the World?

A Humanist address delivered to First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis by Rev. John Dietrich, January 29, 1922. Like most of Dr. Dietrich’s addresses, this one was written for an hour-long talk, for an audience of hundreds that eventually filled a Minneapolis theater and a readership of thousands. Because of the length, each of his talks here …

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BLOG: What If the World Went Humanist?

Excerpted from Rev. John Dietrich Sunday morning address, as compiled May 1930 in Humanist Pulpit XIII. The full transcript is here. A book version is now in FUS bookstore. This is the first archived talk to be discussed in the 2016-17 monthly Dietrich Centennial series, third Sundays, noon, at FUS. The Idea of a Humanist World …

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BLOG: Cooperating With Natural Law, Not Deity (1930)

The following comes from “The Supreme Discovery of the Ages: The universe is governed by natural law, not by a deity,” delivered by Rev. John Dietrich on March 9, 1930. … Natural laws are not the same type of thing as statute laws — they are merely the expression by man of fixed relations existing …

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BLOG: Our Physical and Spiritual Energy Force

We continue our excerpts of the Humanist talks delivered at First Unitarian Society, starting with the founding Humanist minister John Dietrich. He originally delivered this talk on April 14, 1929. Put a nonliving object in an environment and nothing happens. Put a living object in this environment, and something does happen. Energy, in other words, or …

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BLOG: Is the Universe Friendly?

We continue our excerpts of the Humanist talks delivered at First Unitarian Society, starting with the founding Humanist minister John Dietrich. This was re-published as a series compilation that started in the late 1920s.   Our whole system is but a speck of light in the infinite reaches of space. … To be tumbled out …

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BLOG: Evolution and Progress

John Dietrich

In launching this series in 2016, in what feels like a churning time for progressive society, we open with an excerpt of Dietrich’s talk on “Evolution and Progress,” from the compilation The Fathers of Evolution (Pioneer Press, 1927). A Parallel Universe? “In the beginning of the 20th century, men began to look back over the last century and …

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