DR. JOHN HAYNES HOLMES - TYPED QUOTATION SIGNED 1951 - HFSID 167751
Sale Price $126.00
JOHN HAYNES HOLMES. Typed Quotation signed: "John Haynes Holmes
- 1951", 5¼x3½ card. In full: "Our world is disintegrating
inwardly, as it is collapsing outwardly, because it has neither a structure of
thought nor an ideal of life in things basic to man's experience upon this
planet." John Haynes Holmes (1879-1964) was a prominent Unitarian
minister and social activist in the early 20th century. Although he withdrew
from the American Unitarian Association in 1918 over the AUA's criticism of
Holmes' denouncement of WWI, Holmes continued to pastor New York
City's Church of the Messiah. The church changed its name to the
Community Church of New York and committed to Holmes' principles, but its
members insisted that the church itself remain a member of the AUA. In addition
to his preaching, which drew large crowds, Holmes' church was noted for its
involvement of social issues of the day, including its support of Margaret
Sanger's controversial views on birth control. Holmes had been one of the
founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP), and he was also a founder and later the chair of the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Holmes, who retired from active ministry in
1949, had also written over 100 hymns. He published his autobiography,
I Speak for Myself, in 1959. Slightly creased. Mounting remnants on verso
(no show through). Fine condition.
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