R. Heber Newton

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Richard Heber Newton (31 October 1840 – 19 December 1914) was a prominent American Episcopalian priest and writer. He was rector of All Souls' Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City from 1869–1902. He was a leader in the Social Gospel movement, a supporter of Higher Criticism of the Bible, and sought to unify Christian churches in the United States.[1]

In 1883 he was accused of heresy[2] for a series of sermons later published in a book, The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible. He was again accused in 1884 and 1891 but the bishop, Henry Codman Potter, refused to go forward.[3]

In 1903 he briefly served as first and last pastor of Stanford Memorial Church at Stanford University.[4]


  • The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible (1883)[5]
  • The Morals
  • Studies of Jesus
  • Womanhood: Lectures on a Woman's Work in the World (1881)


  1. ^ Armentrout, Donald S. (February 2000). "Newton, Richard Heber". American National Biography Online. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  2. ^ "CHARGED WITH HERESY; A PRESENTMENT AGAINST THE REV. R. HEBER NEWTON.". New York Times. 26 April 1883. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Henry Codman Potter, seventh bishop of New York" By George Hodges, 1915, pp 135-143.
  4. ^ "Guide to the Stanford University. Memorial Church. Records". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  5. ^ Newton, Richard Heber. "The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible". Project Gutenburg. Retrieved 2011-02-08. []

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