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    Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    After chatting about my experiences debating with woman in real life, how they either give in or become furious, I thought of one case where my good friend and former roommate and I were having a heated debate on whether or not UU is considered a true Christian denomination because of the fact it does not preach Christian doctrine as its basis.

    I argued against them being a denomination, she, as a member of the UU Church, was arguing that it was. What are your opinions?

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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    It seems that UU is a very 'broad church', with only a minority expressing Christianity as being the main focus for their beliefs. It seems that the following survey - taken from the wiki site - supports your contention that it does not contain a specifically identifiable set of beliefs.

    In a survey, Unitarian Universalists in the United States were asked which provided term or set of terms best describe their belief. Many respondents chose more than one term to describe their beliefs. The top choices were:

    Humanist - 54%
    Agnostic - 33%
    Earth-centered - 31%
    Atheist - 18%
    Buddhist - 16.5%
    Christian - 13.1%
    Pagan - 13.1%
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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    It's not. Christianity is belief in the Triune God as the only God, and Christ as Lord and Savior, meaning that those who don't trust in Him as Savior are not saved. UUs believe that all are saved, or at least that none are damned, even though all people don't believe in Christ.

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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    If they don't believe that Christ is the only begotten son of God, and that believing in him brings salvation, how can they be Christian?
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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by CliveStaples View Post
    If they don't believe that Christ is the only begotten son of God, and that believing in him brings salvation, how can they be Christian?
    Her argument was that because there are Christians amongst the followers, and the Unitarianism is based in traditional Christian doctrine, that this makes them presently a valid Christian denomination.

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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    Her argument was that because there are Christians amongst the followers, and the Unitarianism is based in traditional Christian doctrine, that this makes them presently a valid Christian denomination.
    What, like innocence by association?

    It doesn't matter whether Unitarianism is based in "traditional Christian doctrine", it matters if Unitarian doctrine is itself Christian.
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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    In all honesty, I think the UU Church should change its name to the Church of Social Justice -- unless that name is already taken.

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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by CliveStaples
    What, like innocence by association?
    Well, guilt by association seems to hold up pretty well in most cases...
    So...

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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    1) It isn't a Christian denomination.

    2) They are not teaching Christian doctrine (traditional or modern).

    3) I have atheists whom I work with...does that mean that I work for an atheist company? Just because X group is a small part of the larger group, doesn't mean that the entire organization teaches/advocates/encourages/follows the belief system of that smaller group.
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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by supercodes View Post
    After chatting about my experiences debating with woman in real life, how they either give in or become furious, I thought of one case where my good friend and former roommate and I were having a heated debate on whether or not UU is considered a true Christian denomination because of the fact it does not preach Christian doctrine as its basis.

    I argued against them being a denomination, she, as a member of the UU Church, was arguing that it was. What are your opinions?
    Is one of it's core teachings that Jesus Christ is in some way either a savior or the son of god?


    No?


    Then you have your answer.
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    Re: Is Unitarian Universalist considered a Christian denomination?

    NO !!!

    As a long time UU , I must stress that one of the most vital tenets of the Church is that we have no Dogma. Without any specified set of beliefs we certainly could not meet any set of qualifications required to be considered 'Christian"

 

 

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