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Maurice’s Social Witness

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/9780198263395.003.0007
Maurice’s Social Witness

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Unitarianism proposes social concern that is rooted in faith. From the earliest days of Unitarianism, its adherents worked to reform schools, asylums, prisons, and hospitals not because they believed that Christians should engage in good works but because they believed social reform was the product of their belief in God's Fatherhood and the human potential for good. This chapter discusses Maurice's commitment to the life of man in society. Maurice's commitment to and work for the underprivileged was a theological product spurred by his belief and conviction in the fatherly nature of God and his determination to show the Kingdom of God in its practical existence. His concern with the social conditions of his congregation and the wider issues of pacifism, slavery, and education were also spurred on by his influence at home, his Unitarian background, and his deference to Utilitarianism. In this chapter, the three areas of activities that illustrate his personal approach to the issues surrounding society and his congregation are discussed and analyzed.

Keywords: Unitarianism; social concern; social reform; social conditions; God's Fatherhood; Utilitarianism; education; slavery; pacifism

Chapter.  7668 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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