Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Welcome » Beyond Belief

From Rev Morales first blog post:Welcome » Beyond Belief:
Yet belief, in the sense of agreeing on what is “true,” is a modern preoccupation. For me, religion is much more about what we love, about what we hold sacred, about what moves us at the core of our being. Indeed, I have argued (in a sermon, no less) that belief is the enemy of religion. When we focus on beliefs alone, we tend to lapse into arguments that are at least tiresome and often dangerous.

So my blog is about religion that is beyond belief. It is about how we treat one another, about how we live our lives, about the connections we make and the difference we make.

And if religion is ultimately about what we love, then “faith” is not so much about what we think is true (or hope is true, despite lack of evidence), but about being faithful to what we love.
All those Church councils seem evidence to me getting to the truth a powerful concern.

Our UU polity and democracy another demonstration that for we UUs finding truth important enought it should never be the monoply of some authority, and  instead, truth best found in a plurality of critical thinking and:   ...a fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone truth can be found, as the University of Wisconsin puts it.

Democracy and  checks on authority may lead to unloving discussions. No authority save popular opinion to suppress the outbursts.

While our Universalist forebearers often put 1 Corinthians 13:13 on the wall: For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love, these were God's spiritual gifts; not truths or things beyond belief, just gifts.

Good of you got them, but not everyone will, and the modern in us, after the last centuries wars, tyrannies, and genocides knows many will cope with lack of faith, lack of hope, and lack of love.

Taking comfort from Thoreau's Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth, we find without God's gifts, but instead as fearless searchers for truth, that we can be noble in a way Gods can.

That's really living I believe.

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