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    Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    If Unitarianism rejects the divinity of Christ, should it be considered a denomination of Christianity? Explain.
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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    Christianity is derived from the Greek word Χριστός (Christos)—meaning "anointed one"—which was a translation of the Hebrew word mashah or Messiah. Meaning, that it's not Jesus Christ. It's Jesus the Christ. Or Christ Jesus, as said sometimes ... Essentially what I'm saying is that your question is wrong. If such said Unitarian believed that there could be a Christ and yet did not believe in the divinity of Jesus, they would only be rejecting the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, who is considered to be the Christ by Christians. So at that point they would be falling into another Abrahamic religion and not Christianity.

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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    I don't think Unitarians think of themselves as Christian, so I suppose no.
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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by JCHSALEM View Post
    If Unitarianism rejects the divinity of Christ, should it be considered a denomination of Christianity? Explain.
    Do you think Jesus himself would reject Unitarianism?

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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    What do Unitarians rely upon for salvation?

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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    What do Unitarians rely upon for salvation?
    Science?

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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    Science?
    Just because they reject the divinity of Jesus and original sin does not mean they reject Christ as the means of salvation.

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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    Unitarianism is not a Christian sect. It is more equivalent to Islam, being people of "the book." As with Islam, they recognize Jesus as a prophet, and interpret other areas of the Bible differently than Jews and Christians.

    They certainly don't consider themselves "Christian" in the respect of thinking he is an aspect of God as part of a "Trinity." They do adhere to many of his preachings, but only in the same respect they hold for prior prophets of God.

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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Just because they reject the divinity of Jesus and original sin does not mean they reject Christ as the means of salvation.
    Raises hand. Salvation is absolutely irrelevant if there exists neither original sin nor a divine, saving figure.

    The closest a typical Unitarian could get to such an idea would be the need to develop one's spirituality or wholeness. Perhaps you could gain the spiritual maturing by listening and acting like Jesus? Even so, there would be no reason to value Jesus' teachings over the philosophies and teachings of other prophets and holy figures.

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    Re: Unitarianism: Christian or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by JCHSALEM View Post
    If Unitarianism rejects the divinity of Christ, should it be considered a denomination of Christianity? Explain.
    No, that is the whole point of Christianity.
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