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Henry Bellows, “The Relation of Liberal Christians to a True Theology and a Higher Religious Life”

“The Relation of Liberal Christians to a True Theology and a Higher Religious Life”

Henry Bellows

(Address delivered at the 33rd anniversary of the American Unitarian Association, May 25, 1858)

Henry Whitney Bellows

Henry Whitney Bellows

  1. Bellows notes that Unitarians usually deny that they are a sect, because such an attitude would interfere with a larger religious mission. Has this statement any relevance today? Is it the nature of Unitarians to be involved with ideas and causes that serve the wider community good rather than the institutions of Unitarianism?
  2. Bellow suggests three schools within Unitarianism. How would they be defined today? Does his description seem apt for the contemporary UUA?
  3. Bellows suggests “solutions” in worship and ministry.  Did they in some ways come about?

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