Wednesday, May 31, 2006

You Can Quote Me

I was talking with some non Unitarian Universalists the other day when they asked me why UUs, who have such a proud heritage in the liberal Christian tradition in America, seem so eager to jettison their Christian identity.

PeaceBang responded:

"We sold our birthright for a mess of potlucks."


Blogger LaReinaCobre said...

UUism definitely has an identity that is largely Christian, but I don't perceive any of that within myself.

I am trying to think of an analogy to that.

Blogger PeaceBang said...

Hafidha, it just occurred to me that you might not know the quote from the Bible: "He sold his birthright for a mess of pottage." It's from Genesis, the story of Jacob and Esau. It wouldn't be at all funny if you didn't know the quote. Sorry.
Excellent article in the World, by the way! I just read it tonight.

Blogger Bill Baar said...

How many ways are there to God?

As many as there are people. For even within the same faith each man's way is an entirely personal one. We have Christ's word: I am the way. In that respect, there is ultimately one way, and everyone who is on the way to God is therefore in some sense also on the way of Jesus Christ. But this does not mean that all ways are identical in terms of consciousness and will, but, on the contrary, the one way is so big that it becomes a personal way for each man.
--Pope Bendict p32, Salt of the Earth

When the Grand Inquistor talks of the one way that's so big that it becomes a personal way for each man, the Liberal Religous really have to rethink what it is that makes them different; if anything at all.

No need to jettison a Christian tradition. No need to acquire it. What's important is being on a path to God. Even if you don't see the trail or destination.


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