Orestes Brownson was a major intellectual of the 19th century, and a Catholic convert. Born in 1803 in Vermont, he was raised Christian, but in no particular Christian denomination or sect. He was largely self-taught, and had a strong sense that one must follow reason to arrive at truth, no matter where it was found. In his teens he began a struggle for religious truth that would start in Presbyterianism, then through Universalism, and Unitarian Transcendentalism, before he finally became Catholic, and remained so for the remaining three decades of his life.
- Orestes Brownson Society – The Convert: Or Leaves from My Experience; Brownson’s Autobiography (An autobiographic essay of Brownson’s intellectual career; Chapters 1-20, 200pp.)
- Orestes Brownson, Being Catholic, and Being American – Public Discourse
- Orestes Brownson Was a Uniquely American Voice in the Church| National Catholic Register
- Champions of the Laity: Brownson and Newman – Christendom Media
- Orestes Brownson // de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture // University of Notre Dame
- Orestes Brownson – Wikipedia
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