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Teaching and Practice

David Young

in F. D. Maurice and Unitarianism

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263395.003.0003
Teaching and Practice

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This chapter discusses the prevailing teachings and practices in Unitarianism. Eighteenth-century Unitarianism is bounded and dominated by rational faith wherein the mysteries surrounding Christian theology and teachings are shunned and ignored. While the traditional Christian teaching believes in the Trinity, Unitarians believe in one God — the Father wherein Jesus was seen not as a God but as an exceptional human being sent by the Father whose perfection created a pattern for moral progression for all mankind. Unitarians also shun the doctrine of original sin and the doctrine of election. They cannot conceive the idea of the existence of sin in being born and the selective salvation of the few. Unitarianism in its whole tenets is simple and reasonable; it was accepted by the sophisticated rationalists who seek religion devoid of mysteries but was shunned by the uneducated masses because of its coldness and skeletal aspect.

Keywords: Christian theology; practices; Unitarianism; rational faith; one God; election; original sin

Chapter.  6765 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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