john jacob kaag University of Massachusetts Lowell aaron pratt shepherd Emory University I. Josiah Royce's Religious Insights Josiah Royce's philosophical interest in religion can be traced to his earliest days, when hymn singing and reading the Bible were constant practices in the fervently evangelical household of Josiah, Sr., and Sarah Royce in Grass Valley, California.1 Royce's mother, Sarah, in particular, was a profound influence. She burned with the Holy Spirit, sparked by the fire-and-brimstone revivalism of the Second Great Awakening in New England, where she grew up. Educated at Phipps Union Female Seminary in Albion, New York, Mrs. Royce treasured the scriptures, and was an elegant and thorough interpreter of them for Josiah and his three sisters. In spite of his delight in the reading and study of scripture at home, young Josiah begrudged his parents' membership in the Disciples of Christ Church. Although he appreciated the power of social organization that the church exemplified, the strictures of the institutional church left Royce disenchanted. Later, when confronted with the staunch skepticism of the professors and students at several universities in Germany during his year-long post-baccalaureate study there, Royce found himself forced to consider the importance of his childhood
The Pluralist – University of Illinois Press
Published: Oct 31, 2015
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