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Unitarian Christianity

Discussion in 'Unitarian Christians DIRcol' started by A4B4, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. A4B4

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    The introduction posted by Maize seems, in my opinion, to reflect the beliefs of Unitarianism in general, and not specifically Unitarian Christianity. Here's an article which more specifically sums up Unitarian Christianity:

    Unitarian Christianity (not to be confused with the Unity Church) is a form of Unitarianism that promotes the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, as found in the New Testament. Unitarian Christians believe that the exemplar model of how men and women should live was lived by Jesus of Nazareth, who was a man and a prophet of God. Unitarian Christianity encourages open-minded, freethinking views of God, Jesus, the world and purpose of life as revealed through reason, scholarship, science, philosophy, scripture and other prophets and religions.
    Unitarian Christians believe that reason and belief are complementary and that religion and science can co-exist and guide them in their understanding of nature and God. Unitarian Christians would be considered Rationalist Unitarians in terms of the various schools of thought of Unitarianism. Unitarian Christians follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ and view him in the same regard as Jews view Moses and Muslims regard the Prophets Mohammed and Jesus.
    Unitarian Christians distinguish themselves from Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and other Christian denominations in that they believe that their belief system is structured around "following the religion of Jesus, not a religion about Jesus". They do not "pray to Jesus", but to God, as Jesus taught. They also do not require belief in creeds or have any dogmatic structure to their faith. Although there is flexibility in the nuances of belief or basic truths for the individual Unitarian Christian, general principles of faith have been recognized as a way to bind the group in some commonality. Members generally accept religious pluralism and find value in all teachings, but remain committed to their core belief in Christ's teachings. Unitarian Christians value a secular society.
    Some Unitarian Christians differ from Unitarian Universalism, arguing that the Unitarian Universalists have moved away from the traditional Christian roots of Unitarianism. They believe that the larger Unitarian-Universalist organizations are becoming too political and liberal to be considered a religious movement or faith.
    In the United States, a few Unitarian Christians feel that the mainstream UUA churches are not accepting of Christians, and therefore have decided to join the American Unitarian Conference, a splinter group from the Unitarian Universalists, while many Unitarian Christians have chosen to stay within the Unitarian Universalist church as, for example, the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship. Finally, others prefer to join other Christian churches (sometimes with a dual membership).

    Distinctions between Unitarians

    As Unitarian Christians are Unitarian in the traditional sense, they have no creeds or dogmatic requirements for fellowship. Unitarian Christians, do however differ from Unitarian Universalists (UU) in that Unitarian Christians profess a common regard and supreme respect for Jesus Christ and his teachings.
    Unitarian Christians generally do not believe in the Virgin Birth, the deity of Christ, or Biblical inerrancy. Some Unitarian Christians may share some of the beliefs of Biblical Unitarians, which are considered to be the forerunners of the modern Unitarian movement. An example of Biblical Unitarian churches are those originally found in Transylvania that continue to closely follow principles of Arianism, Servetism, and/or Socinianism.
    Evangelical Unitarians came out of the Evangelical or Revivalist movements of the 19th century in America. Examples include Jehovah's Witnesses and Christadelphians.

    Principles of Faith

    Unitarian Christians do not have a creed or formal statements of faith that must be believed in its entirety or used as a test of character in order to be accepted into fellowship with other Unitarian Christians. However, they have set out some basic principles that distinguish their faith from other Christian religions.
    Although there is no specific authority on these principles, the following represent the most generally accepted -
    • the belief in One God and the oneness or unity of God.
    • the life and teachings of Jesus Christ is the exemplar model for living ones' own life.
    • that reason, rational thought, science, and philosophy together with religion and faith are not mutually exclusive.
    • that man has the ability to exercise free will in a responsible, constructive and ethical manner with the assistance of religion.
    • the belief that human nature in its present condition is neither inherently corrupt nor depraved, but capable of both good and evil, as God intended.
    • the conviction that no religion can claim an absolute monopoly on the Holy Spirit or theological truth.
    • the belief that the works of the Bible are inspired by God, but were written and edited by humans and therefore subject to human error.
    • the rejection of traditional doctrines that they believe malign God's character or veil the true nature and mission of Jesus Christ, such as the doctrine of predestination, eternal damnation, the Trinity, and the vicarious sacrifice or satisfaction theory of the Atonement.
    Most Unitarian Christians would say that Jesus of Nazareth and his followers and disciples would today be defined as Unitarian Christians, and that Unitarian Christianity is the form of Christianity most closely following the direct teachings of Jesus. However, Unitarian Christians respect the beliefs of others and do not believe that the Unitarian Christian way is the only way to follow God's will.
    Unitarian Christians believe Jesus did not claim to be God nor did his teachings hint at his divinity or the existence of a triune God. Unitarian Christians generally do not believe that Jesus was conceived in the womb of a virgin or performed miracles to the extent reported in the Gospels. Unitarian Christians give the most weight regarding the accounts of Jesus, his character, and his life to the four canonical Gospels (Mark, Mathew, Luke, and John). Most also accept other sources of information about Jesus including newly discovered Gospels that were not included in the original canon of the Bible (e.g. Nag Hammadi Library).
    Unitarian Christians reject the doctrine of some Christian denominations that God chooses to redeem or save only those certain individuals that accept the creeds of, or affiliate with a specific Church or religion, from a common ruin or corruption of the mass of humanity. They generally do not believe that God merely demands belief in certain principles of faith and that no good works in life are required to be morally righteous.
    Most Unitarian Christians believe that the mixing of political activism and religious fellowship is not an acceptable practice. Unitarian Christians believe that one's personal moral convictions will guide their political activities and a secular society is the most viable, just and fair society.

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    Please check out the whole article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Christianity
     
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    from a Unitarian Christian site of the UK:

    We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Rule of Christian Faith and Duty under the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    That it is the inalienable right of every Christian to search these records of Divine Truth for his own instruction and guidance, to form his own opinions with regard to what they teach and to worship God in sincerity agreeably to the dictates of his own conscience without privation or the inconvenience inflicted by his fellow man.

    That forasmuch as the Master, Christ, has described the true disciple in these words, saying, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one another”, and further, has emphasised the two great commandments, saying “Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”; and forasmuch as Christ himself has said, “Not everyone that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”.

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Bible is central to our faith and Jesus is the Teacher, Exemplar and Master. We will read and search scripture for truth, interpreted by the authority of Conscience. All creeds and confessions restrict belief and the free Inquiry we need for Knowledge. By loving one another, we show ourselves to follow the example of the Jesus. In all things, in faith and deeds, we seek to follow the His Great Commandment that God is One and we should love God with all that we are, and love neighbour as ourselves. We know that how we act is much more important than what the words we say and that, in all times, the words of Jesus still show the way, more important than those uttered in later days. Unity is found not in creeds or doctrines, but by following and being obedient to His teachings. This we affirm.

    [/FONT]http://www.unitarianchristian.org.uk/7.html
     
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    This is a very informative thread, so thanks guys. Another good site is unitarian.org.uk. They have a brilliant and very extensive Q&A over there.
     
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    Hi, I come from a Trinitarian background but I have come to believe more in the oneness of God. :smiley: I am concerned that the Trinitarian Doctrine was largely a result of attempts to relate monotheism to Greco-Roman pagans in the Roman Empire.
     
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    Few people out side northern Ireland, are aware of the Non subscribing Presbyterian church.
    This is A liberal Christian Unitarian church with that subscribe to no set Doctrine.

    The links lead to one such church in Comber, County Down. I find their facebook page interesting in that it reflects a live Christian community.
    The other link leads directly to their Ethos.....
    My family forebears played a large part in the establishment of this particular church.

    需要安全验证 I have no idea why this link look like Chinese but it works....

    Welcome to The Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland
     
  8. Wu Wei

    Wu Wei ursus senum severiorum and ex-Bisy Backson

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    Thank you for posting this, I have been rather interested in Christian Theology of late and I am currently very interested in those branches that do not use the "Holy Trinity" and I am looking into Unitarianism at the moment and also just discovered there is a Unitarian church in my area.

    Again thank you for all the helpful links
     
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    Hi,

    You might find it helpful and encouraging to ponder Christianity from the perspective of its Jewish roots.:smiley:
     
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  10. Wu Wei

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    Actually that is next on this study I seem to want to do...thank you
     
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