Ralph Waldo Emerson And Transcendentalism

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Religion is a major component in the life of many people with the first practice of religion dating back to the nearly 4000 BCE with the finding of Egyptian myths (Religion Timeline). As the times have changed, so has religion branching off from Orthodox Judaism and Protestant Christianity to the Reformed Judaism and Mormonism have created religious conflicts that churches fought against each other based on views that they might not agree with. With all churches and members of these churches participating in challenging their own and other churches, Ralph Waldo Emerson went in a different path. He led the Transcendentalist movement that believed that the person could find divinity through nature by keeping an open mind and letting it change them for the good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 and died on April 27, 1882. He was born into a large family being one of eight children to a father, William Emerson, who was a Congregational minister and his mother Ruth Haskins (Joel). Being born to a father who was a practicing minister in Boston as well as a family with ancestors who were also ministers and well educated, Ralph Waldo Emerson was educated for the ministry. As he attended classes and studied the ministerial role, he was influenced with Calvinistic views and sent to a school in Boston to study these values and graduated from Boston Latin School in 1817 (Joel). After graduating from this school, he attended Harvard, but unlike his older brothers who studied
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