UU PAPER 2 - Despite being in an age of vast communication...

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Despite being in an age of vast communication, increased liberalism, and religious tolerance, why hasn’t religious beliefs such as Unitarian Universalism become more vastly accepted and known? With so many countries opening up to the global economy in today’s world it is only logical to assume that every other aspect of society is beginning to interact more now than ever. These changing times are promoting more and more liberalism throughout the world towards many different issues. Even with all of this increase in tolerance there is still one aspect of the world that people still seem to be less flexible about. This still slightly intolerant aspect of the world to me lies within religion. I say this because religion is still the one aspect that seems to not be negotiable especially in terms of war. The discrepancies throughout religion were something that I found to be very prevalent while taking this course this semester. But, what puzzled me was why people still appear either ignorant or intolerant to different aspects of religion but still try to apply their religious values to liberal or liberalizing societies. Why hasn’t the increase in social tolerance, or even secularism, spurred more of a universal connection within religion as it has with every other aspect of society? This is a question that can really be examined within a highly liberal country such as the United States. To help further explain my inquiry I would like to look into Universal Unitarianism, which is a religion that is suppose to encompass all religions even those who are atheist, and why it may or may not be a possible solution to the sometimes seemingly illogical problems revolving around religion. To talk about Universal Unitarianism within this paper I must first start at its “genesis”. The religion is actually a combination of the Unitarian religion and Universalism. Unitarians came about within Europe in the sixteenth century. Like many European based religions at this time Unitarians were rooted in Christianity. The difference in those that call themselves Unitarians was that they did not believe in the Holy Trinity of God. Instead they had a
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monotheistic view of a singular God. The Unitarian movement really began to come into its own during the Reformation period in Britain. Unitarianism threatened the very bases of the church, to say that Jesus was just a man with a “special” connection with God and not God himself was viewed as blasphemy. This view of God came about because of humanist and those who questioned the church had reviewed the bible and found no mention of a trinity within it. From this they confirmed the idea of a singular God. Taking this new found evidence, the Unitarian church was formed on the grounds of a single God and the rejection of predestination, original sin and substitutionary atonement. These radical ideas at this time led to many persecutions for those who believed in Unitarianism. Despite their being origins of Unitarianism in Britain it also
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