By Andrea Greenwood
How is a unfastened religion expressed, organised and ruled? How are different spiritualities and theologies made appropriate? What may well a faith dependent in cause and democracy supply modern global? This e-book 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 latest 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 prompted the Unitarianism of the nascent usa. Greenwood and Harris additionally discover the U.S. identification as Unitarian Universalist due to the fact a 1961 merger, and its present courting to overseas congregations, quite within the context of 20th century enlargement into Asia.
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22 An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions With Lutheran organizations already beginning to create a foothold in Poland, King Sigismund II Augustus came to the throne in 1548. He issued a royal edict against heresy, but it was generally not enforced, and toleration was granted to Lutherans in Royal Prussia. ” A key figure in the establishment of the Reformed Church in Poland was Jan Laski. A former priest who spent several years at Basel learning from Erasmus, Laski had been head of the Strangers’ Church in London, a home for all foreign Protestants.
His own personal reformation continued under the tutelage of Biandrata, who had been drawn to D´avid’s debating skills, and after D´avid became the Reformed bishop, counseled him on a new way to understand the Trinity. D´avid seems to have become an avowed Unitarian in 1565, and debates over the issue began in earnest. In February 1567, at a synod in Torda, D´avid and Biandrata revised the catechism to reflect an Arian position. ”32 D´avid also advanced religious toleration with King John’s approval of the adoption of the Edict of Torda in 1568.
Although these are seen as Czech or Bohemian roots, there is no mistaking the British influence. Hus, quoting Wycliff, ran afoul of the Inquisition when he criticized the Church’s hierarchy. His death in 1415 marked the beginning of decades of religious warfare in Bohemia, and some accounts of the event report that Wycliff’s treatises were used as kindling. The story of Hus’ martyrdom can help make clear the need for distinctions between Unitarianism as a theology, and institutionalized religion, which is not necessarily based on theology.