I grew up in a Unitarian church, and still subsribe to many of the principles. And I don't consider myself a Christian at all.

My father is a minister in the church, and he is also a vocal atheist. (No joke.) So you had better re-evaluate any ideas you might have of us Unitarians as Christians.

Many are secular humanists, others recovering catholics, still others lean towards neo-paganism.

While it started as a renegade transylvanian branch that rejected the trinity, Christianity has been left far behind by current evolutions. The way I see it, most unitarains believe that the important thing is to search, not to believe. We help each other to search, find, and search again.

If you ask 100 unitarians what unitarians believe, you'll get 100 different answers. And that, in itself, is the best definition I can give.

All that said, I'm growing apart from the church because the people in it tend to be opressively intellectual about things that I consider intuitve and beautiful. Many of them are, in a word, hung up.

Going to a Unitarian/Universalist church as a young teenager had an interesting effect on me.

The UUs as they often refer to themselves participate in yet another religion of Judeo-Christian origin. But, since they reject the trinity, they are definitely on the liberal side of such religions.

Looking through some of the ideas that have been ratified by the General Assembly (the big yearly UU gathering) one will find that they support legalization of marijuana, other drugs, gay marriage, etc.

A very progressive church indeed.

I, like Dodger, am also a Unitarian, and my father is also a vocal atheist Unitarian minister (yes, we are in fact brother and sister). I believe that trying to define Unitarianism as a religion is useless, because it is more of a philosophy than anything else. The intellectually stifling side of Unitarianism is great when I'm in a philosophical mood, but in order to find a greater, more beautiful spiritual depth I am forced to look inside myself. Unitarianism has taught me that this is ok, and I am thankful for this.

Of course, as a unitarian myself, i'd say that the majority of unitarians believe that the universe has some divine function to it. Not necessarily athiests per se. To use the Star Wars Analogy, calling a Unitarian an athiest is usually like calling a Jedi an athiest because he believes in The Force and not Jesus.

Unless of course you are talking about the UU Youth, the UU Youth are weird. Really weird. "Are you a lesbian? You really should try it."

o.o



Either way, Most Unitarians wouldn't be at church on sunday if they didn't believe in something.

There are two meanings to the word, "Unitarian". The first is an abbreviation for "Unitarian Universalist". The second meaning refers to a member of the (now mostly defunct) Unitarian faith, which was a Protestant offshoot of Catholicism founded in the 16th Century and held that there was only one God, and that Jesus was a prophet and son of that god, but not God himself.

There are a number of flavors of unitarianism; UU is perhaps the most well-known, not to mention the most detached from being in point of fact truly unitarian in its theology.

One popular breed of modern theological unitarianism is oneness pentecostalism, as exemplified by denominations like the UPCI (http://www.upci.org/). These churches assert that father, son, and holy spirit are in fact three offices ("modes") of a truly and totally singular unipersonal god ("monad"); their position is more formally known as modalistic monarchianism.

Other curious properties of this sect:
  • They interpret 1 Corinthians 11 to mean that women should not cut their hair, ever, period. This interpretation quite exceeds the literal reading of the text.
  • There is a tendancy towards using the KJV translation exclusively, giving it preference over even the hebrew and greek texts from which it was derived.
  • Members of this sect tend to refer to themselves as "apostolic" as they believe their doctrine to be that of the original apostles; this is not to be mistaken with the ministry of modern apostles or references to the "New Apostolic Reformation" which are trinitarian movements.
  • It strikes me as odd that this doctrine is present in a pentecostal movement with a strong emphasis upon the Holy Spirit as such.

U`ni*ta"ri*an (?), n. [Cf. F. unitaire, unitairien, NL. unitarius. See Unity.]

1. Theol.

One who denies the doctrine of the Trinity, believing that God exists only in one person; a unipersonalist; also, one of a denomination of Christians holding this belief.

2.

One who rejects the principle of dualism.

3.

A monotheist.

[R.]

Fleming.

 

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U`ni*ta"ri*an (?), a.

Of or pertaining to Unitarians, or their doctrines.

 

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