May 21, 2017
The First UU Principle: Dignity
Rev. Michael Carter
We will explore the radical and revolutionary nature of our Unitarian Universalism’s First Principle: “the inherent worth and dignity of every person”. I will set this principle within the context of the dogma of Original Sin, which has dominated western thought since its inception in the theology of the Apostle Paul and its subsequent development throughout church history. The doctrine of Original Sin culminated in what I consider the most damaging and destructive view of human nature in the history of humankind. No other religious tenet has done so much damage to the human soul. Our First Principle counters this dogma and offers an entirely different and radical view of who we are and what lies at our core. It is no less radical than the Copernican revolution.