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Louis F Post A NON ECCLESIASTICAL CONFESSION OF RELIGIOUS FAITH SF 1969

Louis F Post A NON ECCLESIASTICAL CONFESSION OF RELIGIOUS FAITH SF 1969

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A NON-ECCLESIASTICALCONFESSION
OF
RELIGIOUS FAITH
An
Address
by
LOUIS
F. POST
~
 
1969
ReprintDistributed
by
the
SWEDENBORG
FOUNDATION,
INC.139
East
23rd
St.
New
York,
New
York 10010
 
Louis
Freeland
Post
[1849-1928]
Louis
F Post
enjoyed
a
varied
career
as
lawyer,
writer,
editor,
public
speaker,reformer
and
government
official.
He
was
largely
responsible
for
the first
observanceof
Labor
Day
as
a
national holiday through
his
campaign
while
editor
of a New
York
labor
newspaper
titled
Truth.
He
was
raised
on
a farrn
near
Vienna,
New
Jersey,
and
received
his
education in
the
public schools
there.
In
1870,
after
three
years
of
reading
in
a
law firm
in
New
York, he was admitted
to
the
bar
and
practiced
for
a
time
in
that
city.
Heservedin
South
Carolina as
United States
Attorney
inCharleston during
the
reconstruction
era
following the Civil
War.
His
work
thereincluded
an
extended
investigation of the
activities
of
the
original Ku Klux
Klan.
Subsequently
he
held
several
editorshipsincluding
the
Cleveland
Recorder,
the
Chi
cago
Public,
and
the
New
York
Standard.
AH
had
a
strong
single
tax
flavor.Post
2
became
a
personal
friend
of
Henry
George
and
ardently supported
George's reformistideas.He was
a
candidate
for
public
office
in
New
York
State
and
served in
several
positions. His highest
office
was
that
of
Assistant Secretary
for
Labor
during
the
administrations
of
Woodrow
Wilson.
In
1920
impeachment proceedings
were
started
against
Post
for his
outspokenopposition
to
the
harsh
aspects
of
the
nationai
gov-ernment's
campaign
to
deport
radical
aliens.
Post's
defense
was so
eloquent
that
his
detractors
were
shamed
and
the
proceedings
dropped.
His
first wife,
Anna
Johnson,
died in
1891
and
in
1893
he
married
Alice
Thacher,
an
editor
of
two
Swedenborgian newspapersin
Chicago.
Through
her
Post
became
interested
in
the
great
Swedish
scientist
and
seer. Post
had
been
raised in
a
Presbyter-
ian
family,
but
had
drifted
from
the
church
and
become
a free
thinker.
At
the time
he
came in
contact
with
Swedenborg,
he
was
a self-styled
"atheist."
Swedenborg's
writings
gave
him, for
the first time
in his
life, a
rational
approach
to faith. While
he
ne
ver formally
joined
the
New
Church,
he
came
to
found his
philosophyof
life
on
Swedenborgian
teachings.
He
freely
and
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