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 different spiritualities and theologies made suitable? What may perhaps a faith dependent in cause and democracy supply cutting-edge international? This booklet 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 stimulated the Unitarianism of the nascent usa. Greenwood and Harris additionally discover the united states identification as Unitarian Universalist on account that a 1961 merger, and its present dating to foreign congregations, rather within the context of 20th century growth into Asia.

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For others, it meant the 2 3 4 Earl Morse Wilbur, A History of Unitarianism in Transylvania, England and America (Boston, ma: Beacon Press, 1945), pp. 167–168. Gary Macy, “John Wycliff,” in An Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies, Orlando Espin and James B. Nickoloff, eds. (St. Benedict, mn: The Liturgical Press, 2007), p. 1500. S. Fletcher Williams, “John Huss and Jerome of Prague: A Sketch,” The Unitarian, Vol. 6, No. 10 (October, 1891), pp. 448–452. 34 An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions national Church needed to be organized locally, to prevent tyranny.

At this time, the title of “Bishop” was first used for the leader of the Unitarian Church in Transylvania. Kriza helped establish affiliations with both the American and British Unitarians. J´ozsef Ferencz, who remained bishop for fifty-two years, followed him. Ferencz preached the first Unitarian sermon in Budapest in 1869, stimulating the return of organized Unitarianism to that part of Hungary for the first time in over 150 years. At this time Transylvania was reunited with Hungary, but this was short-lived.

Those Christians who denied the divinity of Christ were always called Socinians until the end of the eighteenth century when the word “Unitarian” began to be generally applied. ” He believed that Jesus was totally human, but that God shared his divine power with him, making him an adopted deity who could be worshipped. Many of Socinus’ views were embodied in the Racovian Catechism (1605), which was published the year following his death. Called the “most influential document in Unitarian history,” this catechism was a summary of church beliefs in question and answer format.

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