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Sacred Texts in Unitarian Universalism

Does Unitarian Universalism have a sacred text or scripture?

The Unitarian tradition, which is an integral part of our Unitarian Universalist heritage, was borne out of a new interpretation of a Christian sacred text, the Bible.

Many Unitarian Universalists trace their Unitarian roots back to 16th century Europeans Michael Servetus and Francis David. In separate instances, both men sought proof of the existence of the Holy Trinity in the Bible. When they found none, they adopted the view of a 'unity of God,' which led to founding Unitarianism.

These early heretics initiated a tradition of religious tolerance that is central to modern-day Unitarian Universalism. Many Unitarian Universalists capture this sense of tolerance in a quote attributed to Francis David:

"We need not think alike to love alike."

Today, Unitarian Universalism welcomes a diversity of belief. And while the Bible served as the sacred text for some founders of our faith, individual Unitarian Universalists today may find guidance in many written materials, including the sacred texts and scriptures of other religious traditions.

For some Unitarian Universalists, the Bible is still an important part of their religious life. The essay, "Unitarian Universalist Views of the Bible" explores Unitarian Universalist interpretations of the Bible, from seeing it as one of many sources of truth to finding it to be "a high-water mark for living out [our] Unitarian Universalist values."

To gain insight into how sacred texts inform the sermons written by Unitarian Universalist ministers and lay leaders, please visit the Unitarian Universalist Association's Worship Web.

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Last updated on Friday, February 8, 2013.

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