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Spiritual Knight-Errant

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/9780198263395.003.0014
Spiritual Knight-Errant

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This chapter discusses the journey of Maurice's personal search for a faith that could meet his spiritual needs. His quest for faith led him out of Unitarianism and to the Church of England. He believed that through Jesus, God has descended into the world of misery to bring back His beloved people to their true home. While his sisters joined the mainstream Christian Churches and entirely turned their backs on the liberal traditions of their forefathers, Maurice took a tolerant search for truth and unceasingly sought for ways to reconcile with the teachings of his forefathers. Devoted and affectionate to his father, he always sought to heal the divisions that separated his family. While critics bombard him as a Unitarian and a Universalist cloaked in his orthodoxy, Maurice was moved by the personal nature of his faith. Many of Maurice's books suggest that the divine friend helped him to range far and wide theologically and undeniably Maurice was committed to that divine friend. In the early years, Maurice's faith was fed and nurtured among Unitarians, but as it matured it retained the marks of its beginnings and a deep thankfulness for the blessings attached to it.

Keywords: orthodoxy; faith; Unitarianism; Church of England; Unitarians; Maurice

Chapter.  1799 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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