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Divine and Human Unity

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/9780198263395.003.0009
Divine and Human Unity

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This chapter examines Maurice's concern with divine and human unity and also outlines his teachings on the divine. For Maurice, Fatherhood was the ground and primary quality of God, hence society should find order and harmony within that Fatherhood. He staunchly believed that there must be social solidarity and reconciliation as these were humanity's true constitution according to the will of God. He believed that the separation of man from man, of man from God, could be equated with sin. He believed that communion with God was man's true end, that Christ was the central fact of the universe, and that human unity depended on the eternal unity of God. While Maurice suffered the divisions of home, he found the answer to the divisions of home and nation alike in the gospel, where he discovered Christ as the unifying figure that breaks down the walls of partition and the ground from which universal fellowships are formed.

Keywords: human unity; Fatherhood; harmony; social solidarity; reconciliation; communion

Chapter.  3434 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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