Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s (1803-82) philosophy of religion has roots in the Unitarian culture in which he was raised and his own mystical experiences, but it also draws from his reading in a vast array of philosophical, literary and religious texts. Emerson saw a ‘wide world’ (the title of his rst journal) of religious thought and experience, and he sought both to distil that thought in his writings and to encourage in his audience what he calls ‘the one thing in the world, of value’: ‘the active soul’. at ‘soul’, whether in the form of the ‘intuition’ cited in his “Divinity School Address”, the ‘eternal One’ depicted in “ e Over-Soul” or the Hindu conception of a supreme soul present in all creatures, lies at the centre of Emerson’s philosophy of religion.