In the third part of A House For Hope by John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker they discuss soteriology which is the study of salvation, deliverance, a release from the way of the suffering of the world. Using their metaphor, this is the roof of the house. They write, " Religion, at its best, provides shelter, for people and communities in need of healing, transformation, or sustenance in difficulty. How might the bible contribute to the struggle for 'deliverance from evil?' What constitutes progressive religion's understanding of what we need to be saved from- and how?" p. xii
As the Buddha taught us life is suffering. The Christian religion preaches salvation. The fundamentalist Christians insist that to be saved a person must be born again. And what about Unitarian Universalism's approach to the question of human suffering? What does its theology have to offer those in pain? What causes human suffering and what helps in being liberated from it? From what do we need liberation?
My idea is that we need to be released from our own ego mind and have our consciousness raised to enlightenment. Awareness ends fear and suffering. The UU fourth principle of the free and responsible search for truth and meaning may offer us a path from egotistical ignorance which may be the root of all evil. We shall see what Buehrens and Parker have to say when we get to their chapters on this topic. What do you think?