Savage, Minot Judson (1841–1918)
Unitarian clergyman, author, and an early member of the
American Society for Psychical Research. He was born on
June 10, 1841, at Norridgewock, Maine. He studied at Bangor
Theological Seminary, graduated in 1864, and was ordained as
a Congregational minister a short time afterward. He served
churches in California, Massachusetts, and Missouri. In 1873
he left Congregationalism and joined the Unitarian Church.
He subsequently pastored the Third Unitarian Church, Chicago
(1873–74), the Church of the Unity, Boston (1874–96), and
the Church of the Messiah (now the Community Church), New
York City (1896–1906).
Savage frequently advocated the examination of Darwin’s
evolutionary theories and their acceptance by the church. Evolution,
he believed, tended to strengthen rather than weaken
religious faith. His views were expressed in his books Christianity,
the Science of Mankind (1873), The Religion of Evolution
(1876), and The Morals of Evolution (1880).
As were many liberal thinkers of the day, he became interested
not only in the scientific approach to origins supplied by
biology, but the light shed on the end of earthy life by psychical
research. He wrote several books dealing with issues of religion
and survival. He died May 22, 1918, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sources
Savage, Minot J. Can Telepathy Explain New York; London
G. P. Putnam’s & Sons, 1902; 1903.
———. Immortality. N.p., 1906.
———. Life Beyond Death. New York; London G. P. Putnam’s
& Sons, 1899; 1902; 1903.