Do Unitarian Universalists have Morals?

July 16, 2004 | 2 comments
By

Over at Philocrites, Chris Walton, a knowledgeable UU and a sometime T & S visitor and commenter, discusses that very interesting question.

Tags:

2 Responses to Do Unitarian Universalists have Morals?

  1. john fowles on July 16, 2004 at 6:30 pm

    From the description on Philocrites, I would say that the Church substantially embraces those principles as well. One thing I particularly liked was when Walton wrote,

    “‘an unexamined faith is not worth having’ — because a faith that you don’t think about and come to own on a very personal level can be like the seeds that didn’t take deep root. For me, believing something mostly because other people say I should is a failure to love God with my heart, my mind, and my strength. From my perspective, this particularly resonates with LDS belief.

    I don’t put too much stock into allegations that members of the Church are brainwashed into believing what they do or that they simply believe it as part of the cultural system they grew up in. Rather, in today’s day and age, coming to grips with your faith is something that we are forced to do by living in society generally, and so for members of the Church who hold to their faith, it is a signal that they have take these steps, to examine their own faith and to establish a personal relationship with God. Thus, when members of the Church obey the Church leaders, although the outside world might easily accuse them of “blind obedience,” it seems to me that it is actually an expression of a faith that has indeed been properly examined. When an individual comes to grips with a faith in the Restored Gospel, obedience to the principles of the Gospel and the words of the prophets comes naturally as part of the overall package.

  2. Philocrites on July 16, 2004 at 6:50 pm

    Maybe I was so drawn to James Luther Adams’s statement that “an unexamined faith is not worth having” because I had been raised to revere Joseph Smith’s affirmation that “the glory of God is intelligence.” I had never thought about whether this particular aspect of my Unitarian Universalism could have such strong Mormon resonance. Thanks for your interest in my post!

WELCOME

Times and Seasons is a place to gather and discuss ideas of interest to faithful Latter-day Saints.