Friday, February 28, 2020

Religioius literacy - Who is Isaiah?

Who is Isaiah?

In today’s lenten reflection there is a reference to passages from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament of the bible. Who was Isaiah?

Isaiah was an 8th century BC prophet who warned people about hypocrisy and called people to justice. The writings of Isaiah are referenced over ten times in the New Testament and they are important also in Islam, Judaism, and interestingly in the Book of Mormon.

A brief overview of the importance of the prophet Isaiah can be found by clicking here.

Should Unitarian Universalists know who Isaiah is? Absolutely, if they take seriously their third source for the living tradition of UU, "Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life." Isaiah is an important figure in several of the world's religions and without knowing a little something about Isaiah, UUs are left in ignorance and darkness.

Further, for UUs, Isaiah is a major figure who affirms and promotes the second UU principle of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.

I have never heard Isaiah referenced in a UU sermon  in almost two decades of involvment in the UU denomination. If anyone knows of a sermon referencing Isaiah please leave the information in the comments.

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