An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions by Andrea Greenwood

By Andrea Greenwood

How is a loose religion expressed, organised and ruled? How are varied spiritualities and theologies made appropriate? What could a faith dependent in cause and democracy supply state-of-the-art international? This booklet can assist the reader to appreciate the modern liberal faith of Unitarian Universalism in a historic and worldwide context. Andrea Greenwood and Mark W. Harris problem the view that the Unitarianism of recent 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 motivated the Unitarianism of the nascent usa. Greenwood and Harris additionally discover the U.S. identification as Unitarian Universalist considering that a 1961 merger, and its present dating to foreign congregations, rather within the context of 20th century enlargement into Asia.

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Poland became a crucible of engagement for people who were very different from each other. The coexistence of these diverse religions with the Eastern Orthodox Church and its history of being less rigid about the Trinity, with a kingdom boasting an elected monarch, created a tolerant atmosphere in which Unitarianism could develop. The Confederation of Warsaw established religious toleration in Poland in 1573. Part of a new coronation oath stated, “I will preserve and maintain peace and quiet among those that differ with regard to religion, and will not in any way .

He was pronounced guilty and thrown into prison, where, because of his already weakened condition, he died on November 15, 1579. The Golden Era of Unitarianism ended with the death of D´avid. Within the next year, the majority of clergy accepted Biandrata’s plan to affirm infant baptism and communion, and his candidate for the superintendency of the church, Demetrius Hunyadi. Over the next several centuries, developments within Transylvanian Unitarianism could be characterized in these words of Hunyadi: “My friends, be adaptable.

37 This timing was fortunate because King John, who had assured the Unitarians equal rights by his own conversion, fell from his horse, and subsequently died that same year. This friendship between D´avid and Biandrata, which had fostered the Unitarian movement in Transylvania, soon came to a tragic end when D´avid realized his search for truth could not be suspended. The new election in Transylvania brought Stephen B´athory, a Catholic, to the throne. Stephen affirmed the general rule of tolerance, but also decreed that if any Unitarians introduced innovations to the faith, they would be excommunicated.

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