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The Role of Unitarian-Universalism in Darwin's Thought (September 28, 2007)
In listening to your discussion of the theological views of Charles Darwin, I am appalled that you and your guest do not discuss the influence of his strong "dissenting" Unitarian heritage in his thinking. Although modern North American Unitarian Universalism poses as a theology-free social organization, in Darwin's day the ministers were well-trained in scriptural interpretation. In fact, as self-conscious heirs of the Reformation, they were proud of their training and education in scriptural interpretation through each individual mind. While it is appropriate to speak of "the church," it is wrong to overlook the existence of minority religions and the role that classical Unitarianism played in the ideas you are discussing.