Discussion from Theology 101

Today was an interesting day in Theology class. The topic today was “The Person and Work of Jesus Christ”. The presentation was great and the discussion was interesting. At the end of class, one of my classmates asked me “What do Unitarians think of the Resurrection?”  I had to admit that I didn’t know that Unitarians, or Universalists for that matter, think much of the resurrection at all.

So this leads me to ask those of you who know more about Unitarian systematic theology than I do; is there a Unitarian theology of the resurrection? Or are we a different being altogether?

On a totally different note: how many forms of polity are there? I can name 3 straight off, but I want to make sure that I’m not skipping any.  Presbyterian.  Episcopal.  Congregational.  Are there any others?

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  1. Kim — if you can trust Wikipedia, it lists three general types of polity — Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Congregational — in its article on polity.

    I’ve read that some folks create a separate category of “monarchial polity” to describe Roman Catholic polity. It’s basically a modified form of Episcopal polity with a Pope in charge of the RC episcopacy.

    Regarding resurrection, we don’t have one theological view on this as a UU community.

    As a guess, I would expect the UU views on this to range from “yes — a physical resurrection happened as a material historical event” for some persons to “the resurrection is mythic and not literal” for other persons.

    Some would place great importance on the resurrection even if they view it as mythic. And some would not place great importance on it.

    And some would be closer to the Universalists who considered the importance of Jesus was not the resurrection but rather the ethical example that Jesus provided to us.

    This is probably related to the differences in Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist soteriology.

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