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The Watchful Clothier$
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Matthew Kadane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169614

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169614.001.0001

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. The Changing Meaning of God and Man

. The Changing Meaning of God and Man

(p.156) 7. The Changing Meaning of God and Man
The Watchful Clothier

Matthew Kadane

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how, at the beginning of Ryder's life, most Dissenters accepted the interlocked assumptions of the Reformed tradition: that God intervenes in the cosmos with a constancy and inscrutability which demand vigilance on the part of human beings, who, by their nature, are morally depraved. It reveals that at the end of Ryder's life, Mill Hill's young minister, the utopian polymath Joseph Priestley, was helping to invent a new denomination, Unitarianism. The chapter also discovers that almost everywhere in Ryder's diary, his most daring ministers can be found at the pulpit, trying to meet the needs of parishioners such as Ryder with sermons and prayer; convening privately with congregants; or leading funeral services, market lectures, and days of public fasting. Never once does Ryder complain that his ministers were unwilling or unable to give their time or energy.

Keywords:   cosmos, vigilance, Joseph Priestley, denomination, Unitarianism, parishioners

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