An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions by Andrea Greenwood

By Andrea Greenwood

How is a unfastened religion expressed, organised and ruled? How are diversified spiritualities and theologies made appropriate? What could a faith established in cause and democracy provide modern-day global? This ebook might help the reader to appreciate the modern liberal faith of Unitarian Universalism in a historic and international context. Andrea Greenwood and Mark W. Harris problem the view that the Unitarianism of latest England is indigenous and the purpose from which the faith unfold. Relationships among Polish radicals and the English Dissenters existed, and the English radicals profoundly prompted the Unitarianism of the nascent usa. Greenwood and Harris additionally discover the united states identification as Unitarian Universalist considering the fact that a 1961 merger, and its present dating to overseas congregations, quite within the context of 20th century enlargement into Asia.

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And the fall of Adam being one act, could not have such power as to deprave his own nature, much less the nature of all his 24 See Hewitt, Racovia. 25 Williams, Radical Reformation, p. 857. ”26 This catechism continued to be an influential statement of Unitarianism even after the Brethren were forced to flee from Poland after 1658. The Brethren or their sympathizers issued at least fifteen editions of the new catechism in Latin, Polish, English, Dutch, and German. Socinus permanently settled in Poland in 1580.

15 Another radical writer was Laelius Socinus (1525–1562), who was born in Siena into a family of reputable jurists, but abandoned legal studies to pursue his interests in scripture. Perhaps due to fear of the Inquisition he left Italy, and traveled extensively in all the Protestant lands. He finally landed in Krak´ow, Poland where Italian culture was in vogue, and Servetus was much read. Although Socinus was reticent about expressing his theology, and was just beginning to formulate his ideas in writing when he died in 1562, the reputation of his extended family as possible followers of Luther16 caused the Inquisition to monitor his activity.

24 An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions under Simon Ronemberg, who reinstituted the ordained clergy. 24 Many of the humanists who fled Italy and found their way to such outposts as Transylvania and Poland have been called “evangelical rationalists,” one of three groups who constituted the Radical Reformation. The rationalists often shared positions with two other groups of radicals, the Anabaptists and Spiritualists. The common views with the latter included adult baptism and pacifism, while the former eschewed the need for communion or other outward signs of dogmatic Christianity.

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