Religious Deism is not Unitarian Universalism

Religious Deism is not Unitarian Universalism

In the Religious Deism website, their is a tab called “Comparative Table” that mentions what Religious Deism has in common and is different from Christianity, deism, atheism/agnosticism. However, some people have asked us if we are anything like Unitarian Universalists. This has been based on the fact that it is a religion that had Christian roots but that is no-longer Christian-based. Also, John Adams was a Universalist and in many cases, his more deistic views withihn the Universalist tradition are often very close to those of Religious Deism. However, there are very significant differences between Religious Deism and Unitarian Universalism.

The UUC mentions 5 beliefs, 6 sources and 7 principals regarding their beliefs. While Religious Deism would consider most of these points as positive, we also consider them to be very vague and general at best. Here is a list of the several points that are not in line with Religious Deism theology.

Quoting the Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) website, one can see the difference between their Church and Religious Deism theology. First, the site says that its members have “no shared creed” which is completely different from Religious Deism with its 8 point creed.

Point 4 of UCC Principals states a belief in a “Free and responsible search for truth and meaning”. While in many respects, this reflects Religious Deism´s search for contradictionlessness, it does not reflect the UCC ideal that personal theologies are all equally valid in terms of theological understanding.

In the five beliefs, there exists the most differences between Religious Deism and UCC. Regarding their belief in a “Higher Power”, the UCC website says that within the UCC there are “agnostic, theist, atheist and everything inbetween.” They go on to say “We join together not because we have a shared concept of the divine”. Again, Religious Deism is certainly not atheist or theist and only agnostic in the way that it approaches the issue of empirical proofs about God. And, Religious Deists definitely have a shared concept of the divine as described in the Religious Deism Creed.

Last, UCC beliefs about “Life and Death” are very different from Religious Deism. According to the UCC website: “Unitarian Universalist views about life after death are informed by science and spiritual traditions. Many of us live with the assumption that life does not continue after death, and many of us hold it as an open question….Few of us believe in divine judgment after death”. Religious Deism uses neither science (empirical evidence) nor spiritual traditions (revealed evidence) in formulating its beliefs about the afterlife. It only uses reason to arrive at this conclusion. And, Religious Deists feel that any religion that allows for its members to believe in hope for or not believe in an afterlife is a religion in contradiction, especially considering just how important the afterlife is to theology.

Religious Deism sees the UCC as a “Church” that might be appropriate for those Religious Deists coming from an agnostic tradition to consider as the service of choice since it is so welcoming of all religious traditions. However, Religious Deism sees the lack of any unifying theological beliefs to be a weakness in the UCC and something that readily demonstrates the theological differences between the UCC and Religious Deism.


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