Andrew Usher

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Usher, Andrew (20th Century)

Usher, a member of the House of Usher whose family five or seven generations ago built a ship and sailed to Australia, is a Unitarian and in 1996 was a student at London University for a Ph. D. in mathematics.

He does not believe the family is related to Bishop Ussher of 4000 B.C.E. fame nor to Poe’s Roderick Usher. Nor does he have any idea what it was that inspired Poe.

His uncle, David Usher, a Unitarian minister in Peterborough, New Hampshire, is President of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists. His father, Geoff Usher, is Unitarian minister at Upper Chapel, Sheffield, the United Kingdom, one involved with the Unitarian Peace Fellowship and the secretary of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists.

In 1996, when asked about humanism and Unitarianism, he responded:

I describe myself simply as “Unitarian,” although “agnostic Unitarian atheist” might be more accurate. I have not ruled out the existence of some sort of deity, but neither have I seen anything to convince me of it. However, if I tried to be more specific I would end up contradicting myself and putting myself in boxes which I don’t belong in and which I don’t think should exist anyway.
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(See entry for James_Ussher.)

{WAS, 18 and 22 October 1996}