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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 6 October 2011
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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on 11 February 2014
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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on 2 November 2012
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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on 21 January 2013
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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