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Our Unitarian Gospel

Our Unitarian Gospel [Kindle Edition]

Minot J. (Minot Judson) Savage
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Minot Judson Savage (June 10, 1841 – May 22, 1918) was an American Unitarian minister and author. Savage was born in Norridgewock, Maine in 1841. He graduated from the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1864, and for nine years was in the Congregational ministry, being a home missionary at San Mateo and Grass Valley, California, until 1867. He held pastorates at Framingham, Massachusetts from 1867 to 1869, and at Hannibal, Missouri from 1869 to 1873. Savage then became a Unitarian, and was pastor of the Third Unitarian Church of Chicago from 1873 to 1874, of the Church of the Unity in Boston from 1874 to 1896, and of the Church of the Messiah (now renamed the Community Church) in New York City from 1896 to 1906. He was an active advocate of Darwinian evolutionistic optimism and social reform, and he also preached a spiritualistic faith in personal survival after death. His sermons were distributed in the pamphlets Unity Pulpit and Messiah Pulpit. He wrote many books, including Christianity, the Science of Manhood (1873), The Religion of Evolution (1876), The Morals of Evolution (1880), The Religious Life (1885), My Creed (1887), Religious Reconstruction (1888), The Evolution of Christianity (1892), Our Unitarian Gospel (1898), The Passing and the Permanent in Religion (1901), Life Beyond Death (1901), Can Telepathy Explain? (1902), Life's Dark Problems (1905), Immortality (1906), and, in addition to other volumes in verse, America to England (1905). He was a director of the American Unitarian Association, and served on several councils and conferences. In 1896 he was granted an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Harvard University in 1896

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars religious discussion for grown ups 6 Oct 2011
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Beautifully written. About a century old but very thought provoking. If you care about the big questions Life - the Universe - God Science -Evolution please read this book. Savage was a Unitarian - he believed in God, but not the holy trinity which has always been a big deal for me also. In his view Newton (another Unitarian), Darwin and other scientists as latter day prophets all contributing to mankind's advancement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Feb 2014
By Jan
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A terrific read. Full of spiritual truth and common sense. His arguments are honest, fair and balanced. Worth serious consideration whatever your beliefs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring summary of a challenging religion 2 Nov 2012
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Quote: "The kingdom of heaven is within. It is in the spirit, the temper of the heart, the disposition, the life. And the secret of it is in cultivating love and truth and tenderness and care, those things which bring us into intimate connection with which we mean when we say, Be unselfish, and that in doing this we find our own souls. For the man who gives out of himself love and tenderness and care, of necessity cultivates the qualities of love and tenderness and care; and those are the ones which are the essence of all soul-building. And he who looks outside for the greatest things of life misses them; while he who looks within, and cultivates the spirit, finds God and happiness and truth."

This book, to me, sums up the Unitarian message and way of worship: to follow the religion of Jesus, not a religion about Jesus. To worship God plainly, and through one's actions. To have to think about your beliefs and consider your own actions and responsibilities in the sight of God. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking person's answer to Trinitarianism 21 Jan 2013
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A most wonderful and uplifting book! Minot J Savage demolishes the Catholic and Fundamentalist branches of Christianity as effectively as Richard Dawkins or any of the other modern militant atheists. (He seems largely ignorant of Eastern Orthodoxy.) But he comes to startlingly different conclusions from atheists and Trinitarian Christians. Obviously Unitarianism is very different from Trinitarianism - I wonder why they want to continue with the tainted appellation 'Christian'?

The book is a printed version of a series of sermons that Savage gave and refers to contemporary people and events (over a hundred years ago). The issues involved can seem rather obscure but it's very interesting to research.

It seems sad to take any 'stars' from such an excellent book. Half a star because of the occasional false argument. Savage was originally a minister in the Trinitarian tradition and uses some 'priestcraft'. (Sadly being trained as a minister seems to have left him incapable of honest employment and he continued paid 'ministering'.) Half a star because there is no proper table of contents, but nevertheless a thousand thanks to the people who prepared the e-book.

(This reviewer has no connection with Unitarianism except for meeting a couple of nice Unitarians many years ago.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Profound, really insightful 21 May 2009
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This book blew me away! As a newcomer to Unitarianism, I found that it gave me a nice background and basis, written in such a vernacular that made it easy to understand. It does tend to get wordy at times, but that is because it's a transcription of his sermons. I think everyone should read this book, no matter what your religious background is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! 26 Feb 2012
By Edward M. Rodriguez - Published on
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I was impressed by this book in that it was written SO long ago yet the points made are so clearly relevant to any age. Plain-spoken and punctuated with clear facts to justify his opinions. I'm not a Unitarian, but this is a great book to learn more about that faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and Inspiring 5 Aug 2012
By Timothy Walker - Published on
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This collection of Reconstruction era sermons beautifully presents a liberal Christian faith that still speaks to us in modern times but often gets drowned out by the shouts of fanatics. This Unitarian gospel truly is good news, that one can still have faith in a higher power and a higher purpose without being required to believe the unbelievable, turn a blind eye to science, or condemn countless billions to torment.

There are a few typos in the Kindle edition but these do not distract from the content. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A series of sermons by an excellent orator 26 Nov 2012
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This is a series of sermons delivered by the author in the 1897-8 liturgical season. Apparently these are transcripts of the sermons, but they are still quite readable. This is from the point of view of a Unitarian who still believed in the miracles of the Bible, but who wanted to refute the "hellfire and brimstone" mentality of the evangelical movement. He makes a good case for why Unitarianism is more "evangelical", i.e., good news, than the evangelical movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put into words what I've struggled to say 28 Oct 2013
By Amitra A. Schwols - Published on
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It's fascinating that this book was written so long ago, and yet still speaks to a modern audience. It's relevant, interesting, and helps me articulate what I already know to be true - God is loving, and strong, not cruel or weak. And what follows from that premise is wonderful and rational. There are a few typographical issues in the Kindle edition, but they certainly don't detract from the readabilty of the book. If you're a Unitarian, or interested in the religion, this is a great book.
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