1893 World’s Parliament of Religions. History of Chicago Series
Join Dr. Chris Stacey for a presentation on Chicago’s 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, which was held in conjunction with the Columbian Exposition. On September 11, 1893, The Parliament opened with international representatives of the world’s religions present. An Indian delegate, Swami Vivekanandar enthralled the audience with his call for religious tolerance and an end to fanaticism. Other notable speakers included Presbyterian minister John Henry Barrows, James Cardinal Gibbons for Roman Catholicism, Isaac Mayer Wise for Judaism, Mary Baker Eddy for Christian Science, Annie Besant for Theosophy, and reformer Frances Willard. The 1893 Parliament sought to unite "all religion against irreligion."