Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975

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Henry Nelson Wieman (1884-1975), one of America's leading theologians, was born on August 19, 1884 in Richhill, Missouri. He received an A.B. in 1907 from Park College in Parkville, Missouri and studied at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was awarded a fellowship to continue his research in Jena and Heidelberg, Germany under Nobel Prize winning religious philosopher Rudolf Euken. In 1912, he returned to the U.S. and served as minister for two years in St. Joseph, Missouri and Davis, California. Wieman then continued his studies at Harvard University, where he received a Ph. D. in philosophy in 1917. From 1917 to 1927, Wieman taught in the philosophy department at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and then he served as a professor of religion at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. After his retirement from the University of Chicago in 1947, he taught at the University of Oregon, Washington University in St. Louis, Grinnell College, and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 1966 Wieman retired for the second time. A prominent exponent of naturalistic theism, Wieman is best known for his attempts to apply scientific methods to religion. His views on American theological thought came to the fore in 1926 when he published Religious Experience and the Scientific Method. In this work Wieman concluded that a proper religion must make a place for science if it is to face the facts of the contemporary world. He died in 1975.

From the description of Henry Nelson Wieman letters, 1965-1975. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 301591864

From the description of Henry Nelson Wieman papers, 1910-1994 (bulk 1910-1975). (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 654121159

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creatorOf Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975. Henry Nelson Wieman letters, 1965-1975. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Matlack family papers, 1912-1996. Grinnell College. Burling Library
creatorOf Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975. Henry Nelson Wieman papers, 1910-1994 (bulk 1910-1975). Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1945-2005. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Philosophy photographs. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
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correspondedWith Charles, Florence W. person
correspondedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952 person
correspondedWith Hartshorne, Charles, 1897-2000 person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
correspondedWith King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 person
associatedWith Parke, David B. person
correspondedWith Salaz, Crisanto person
correspondedWith Tillich, Paul, 1886-1965 person
correspondedWith Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947 person
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Philosophy, American
Philosophy - 20th century
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Death 1975

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