Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Spiritual Book Discussion, Scripture Unbound, The free and responsible search.


Topic Two

The free and responsible search.

“In terms of understanding our Unitarian Universalist heritage, early Unitarians and Universalists were biblical people, immersed in the stories and symbols of Jewish and Christian scripture. Many of them reached their so - called heretical positions through Bible study, as we’ll see in chapter 7.” p. Xii

“Among the six Sources of our Unitarian Universalist living tradition, we claim Jewish and Christian teachings, as well as wisdom from the world’s religions.” p.xiv

“This attitude (respecting other religious texts) toward scripture places Unitarian Universalism in a position distinct from other faiths; rather than venerate one text over others, we feel free to read each in the light of all the others.” p.xv

As Francis David, the pioneering Unitarian in the 16th century said, “We need not think alike to love alike.”

One of the wonderful things about Unitarian Universalist tradition is the idea that my God is too big for any one religion.

Unitarian Universalists are an especially religiously literate  people. They are free to explore the perennial philosophy and theology from whatever source. It is this comparison and contrast and wide ranging religious exploration that deepens rather than detracts from the understanding of a universal faith.

The fourth principle of seven in Unitarian Universalism is the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. 

  1. To what extent has your religious tradition facilitated this search? 

  2. What has your journey been: from where to now? 

  3. Where are you inclined to search next?

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