A review of Unitarian views: as set forth in a published report of a committee of the Conference of Western Unitarian Churches, assembled in Louisville, May 1, 1854

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Morton & Griswold, 1854 - Unitarianism - 155 pages
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Almost all of the "old" unitarian sermons, essays, theological and philosophical writings are spiritually and intellectual challenging. They demand that one get off the milk teat of Christianity that Paul talked about and begin to chew on some real meat.
Essentially, these Unitarian Christians declared that there could be no virgin birth, no physical resurrection, no ascension, miracles were teaching stories, that Jesus was a human person and, although divine, was no more so than any other Christian could be (or any other Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist or Pagan, for that matter.)
Much like the Cathers and Waldinsians before them and with whom they share theological roots, the Unitarians (who were staunch Christians !!!!) believed that they were holy, because God made them so; that they were Divine, because God was their father; and that they could be perfect according to scriptural definitions of perfection - that is, according to the definition of perfection used by Jesus.
These Unitarians, in general, believed that they had to work out their salvation by responding to a lived life in the world because they belonged to the world, because the world was a divine creation just as they were. They regarded as foolishness any attempt to withdraw from the world, except for a short period of time of renewal, just as the scriptures advocated.
These Unitarian Christians interpreted the scriptures very strictly, logically and rationally. They prided themselves on their rationality.
Finally, the Unitarians saw themselves as living the religion of the first Christians and as being devout followers of the man Jesus and of his teachings.
Rev. R. L. Ryan, DA., PhD. (execontrol@yahoo.com.... www.theunitarianchristian.com)
 

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Page 67 - And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Page 124 - And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many: and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Page 88 - Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come he will reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment...
Page 68 - And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life ; and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son, hath life ; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Page 88 - Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth : for he shall not speak of himself ; but whatsoever he shall hear that shall he speak : and he will show you things to come.
Page 83 - And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you ; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Page 124 - For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Page 61 - Then answered Jesus, and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do : for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Page 141 - Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Page 124 - Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me; In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

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