The First Fairy Tale
Dale K. Brown
Hard on the heels of the Unchurched were Unitarian Universalists, a comfortably vague name for a comfortably vague belief. Theirs was couch potato religion at its finest. For Unitarians, God was whatever the consumer decided he was. They were the original religious relativists. Their God enjoyed no privileged frame of reference, as such. To them, the Bible was just a nice collection of books written by a motley crew of various personages. It could, perhaps, lay claim to a certain amount of divine inspiration, but only because, in their view, all people are divine by nature.
Having never met Genghis Kahn, Attila the Hun, or me before I have my first cup of coffee in the morning, they are of the opinion that all men are inherently good!
They reject without so much as a "pardon me" the idea that the Bible is the handiwork of God. Their idea of Holy Communion is a coffee break after services, which are held whenever they get around to it and, since life itself is a sacrament, they see no need in glorifying the obvious. As far as the virgin birth goes, if Mary was a virgin, that was her business, nobody else's.
Prayer, to their way of thinking, is anachronistic. There's probably nobody upstairs listening anyhow, so most veteran Unitarians meditate when they feel like talking to themselves. Heaven and hell are states of mind, not real places, and how anyone could preach about them and a god of all encompassing love in the same breath is proof positive that neither could exist.
They don't go door to door or attempt to proselytize anyone. They consider religion to be a personal and private matter. Becoming a Unitarian is simple; many people are, without even knowing it. Those who believe in the value of every individual are willing to live and let live, are open to new knowledge and understanding, and willing to welcome all others in an open religious community regardless of race, sex, or creed, are already there!
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