Monday, January 02, 2006

Taft on Unitarian Faith

Taft on Unitarian Faith, below true for me but I would drop the word Christian. An interesting perspective from a Unitarian, former US President, and guy who did indeed in the Phillipines serve as chief executive for four years of an Oriental people more than seven millions in number-Christians, Mohammedans, and Pagans.

Taft was writing of a faith triumphent, and success can be one's worst foe.

I think Unitarianism was successful, and it's the wrestling with the aftermath of success, where it's fallen.

Now UU's now find themselves struggling with this post.

Anyways, here's Taft's closing paragraph.
I have come to the close of my remarks. The creeds and dogmas that attached themselves to the religion of Jesus, needed perhaps in securing its spread among the nations and its triumphal march to a better civilization, have encountered the searching freedom of scientific intellectual inquiry, and have shaken in the minds of many, not, the essential principles of the Christian faith as we Unitarians believe them to be, but the incidental tenets of a rigid theology. In order that the craving for religion and a study of man's relation to God should still act as an inspiration to human self-elevation and moral progress, Unitarianism offers a broad Christian religious faith that can be reconciled with scientific freedom of thought and inquiry into the truth, and rescues from religious atrophy and indifference an element of society that must be influential. Indirectly, too, it has liberalized the requirements of other churches so that they retain in their laity and under elevating religious influence an important part of the community that otherwise might drift away. These are the good things that Unitarianism has done and is continuing to do.

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