Joseph Priestly – The Man Who Invented Air and Unitarianism

Here is a link to the text of the sermon I did at the Westwood Unitarian Fellowship on April 15 2012.

The title comes from the great book by Steve Johnson, The Invention of Air. Priestly was an 18th century scientist, minister and radical political critic. He won great fame as the inventor of carbonated water and the first to isolate oxygen and many other gases. His outspoken politics and support for the American and French revolutions caused his home and lab to be burnt by the mob in in the United Kingdom and he was forced to less to the US.

He serves as an example of a great renaissance man, an inspiration – and a cautionary note, to us today.




One thought on “Joseph Priestly – The Man Who Invented Air and Unitarianism

  1. Hi Terry

    Thank you for this – as an irregular member of the Leicester Unitarians, it was a pleasant surprise to see my academic and spiritual lives coming together in your post! Next time you visit us here, please let me know and we can try to include a service 🙂


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