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Joel Porte

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104462

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104462.001.0001

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“God Himself Culminates in the Present Moment”: Thoughts on Thoreau's Faith

“God Himself Culminates in the Present Moment”: Thoughts on Thoreau's Faith

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(p.159) Eleven “God Himself Culminates in the Present Moment”: Thoughts on Thoreau's Faith
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Consciousness and Culture
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Joel Porte

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300104462.003.0011

This chapter examines Henry Thoreau's faith. It discusses Thoreau's comments about the sound of catechisms and religious books and his pronouncement that he was sick of the pagoda worship. It discusses the influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson on Thoreau's religious views and suggests that Thoreau's petulance in regard to what he considered the merely nominal Christianity of many of his neighbors was abundantly in evidence in his first book A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Keywords:   Henry Thoreau, faith, catechisms, religious books, pagoda worship, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Christianity, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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