Tag: history

Loss of Confidence

In my last entry I talked about the rapid rise of the “nones”—people who express no religious affiliation. Another fascinating trend is the unsteady and slow decline in the confidence Americans have in organized religion. Take a look at the chart below. It shows the trend over the last 40 years. This chart is taken …

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From the Road: Welcome to Justice General Assembly

There is something eerie about touring an empty convention center before General Assembly. It is a little like an empty stadium before a big game. Yesterday morning I walked around the Phoenix Convention Center, getting a sense of the layout and locating the venues for many of the events I will be attending. (I count …

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Beacon Press: Our Voice

I’m immensely proud of the work of our Beacon Press – Unitarian Universalism’s voice for good in the world. Over the years Beacon has published a stunning collection of books that have profoundly influenced our culture such as James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and more recent …

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Liberal Religion Then and Now

A number of people have asked about what I said at the conference in Zaragoza, Spain, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Michael Servetus. I spoke in Spanish using a detailed outline rather than a fully written text. A significant part of my presentation time was spent in a question and answer session …

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Servetus: Heretic and Hero

Imagine that an unknown 20-year-old were to write a book today taking issue with some point of religious doctrine, basing his arguments on his interpretation of texts in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. I doubt anyone would notice. Michael Servetus did that almost 500 years ago, and it caused a firestorm. He was instantly condemned as …

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