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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 486

Peabody, Francis Greenwood, 1847-1936. Addresses and lectures, 1915, 1923, and n.d..


Transcripts of addresses and lectures by Harvard Divinity School professor and Dean Francis Greenwood Peabody.


  • Creation: 1915, 1923


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Transcripts of addresses and lectures, 1915, 1923 and undated.

Biographical / Historical

Francis Greenwood Peabody (1847-1936) graduated from Harvard College in 1869 and Harvard Divinity School in 1872. Ordained in 1874, Peabody served the First Parish (Unitarian) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, until 1879. Peabody then joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School teaching theological students Christian ethics, specializing in pioneer applications of religion to social problems. He was the Parkman Professor of Theology from 1881 to 1885 and then the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. He also served as Dean of Harvard Divinity School from 1901 to 1906, and retired from teaching in 1913. His primary book, Jesus Christ and the Social Question, called for social reform rather than a radical reconstruction of society. It emphasized cooperation rather than class conflict. Some of Peabody's most well-known works are Jesus Christ and the Christian Character (1905), The Christian Life in the Modern World (1914), The Apostle Paul and the Modern World (1923), and The Church of the Spirit (1925). Peabody also served for 40 years as a trustee of the Hampton Institute, designed to promote the advancement of the American Indian and the American Negro.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Unitarian Universalist Association, 1976.

Peabody, Francis Greenwood, 1847-1936. Addresses and lectures: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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