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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

U•ni•tar•i•anˌyu nɪˈtɛər i ən(n.)

  1. a member of a liberal religious denomination founded upon the doctrine that God is one being, and giving each congregation complete control over its affairs.

    Category: Religion

    Ref: Compare Unitarian Universalist.

  2. (l.c.) a person who maintains that God is one being, rejecting the doctrine of the Trinity.

    Category: Religion

  3. (l.c.) an advocate of unity or centralization, as in government.

  4. (adj.)of or pertaining to the Unitarians or their doctrines.

    Category: Religion

  5. (l.c.) unitary.

Origin of Unitarian:

1680–90; < NL ūnitāri(us) (L ūnit(ās)unity+-ārius -ary ) + -an1

U`ni•tar′i•an•ism(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Unitarianism(noun)

    Christian doctrine that stresses individual freedom of belief and rejects the Trinity

Wiktionary

  1. unitarianism(Noun)

    The belief in a single God, not divided into any aspects, particularly when presented as a contrast to Christian trinitarianism.

  2. Unitarianism(Noun)

    The religious belief that God is a single Person.

  3. Unitarianism(ProperNoun)

    (beginning in 1565) The religion of the Unitarian Church of Transylvania

  4. Unitarianism(ProperNoun)

    (beginning in 1774) The religion of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

  5. Unitarianism(ProperNoun)

    (1825-1961) The religion of the American Unitarian Association

  6. Unitarianism(ProperNoun)

    (beginning in 1961) Short for the religion known as Unitarian Universalism

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unitarianism(noun)

    the doctrines of Unitarians

Freebase

  1. Unitarianism

    Unitarianism is a religious theological movement named for its understanding of God as one person, in direct contrast to Trinitarianism, which defines God as three persons coexisting consubstantially as one being. Thus, Unitarians contend that main-line Christianity does not adhere to strict monotheism as they do, maintaining that Jesus was a prophet, and in some sense the "son" of God, but not God himself. For most of its history, Unitarianism has been known for the rejection of several conventional Protestant doctrines besides the Trinity, including the soteriological doctrines of original sin and predestination, and, in more recent times, biblical inerrancy. In J. Gordon Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions it is classified among "the 'liberal' family of churches". The Unitarian movement, although not called "Unitarian" initially, began almost simultaneously in Poland-Lithuania and Transylvania in the mid-sixteenth century. Among the adherents were a significant number of Italians. In England the first Unitarian Church was established in 1774 on Essex Street, London, where today's British Unitarian headquarters are still located. The first official acceptance of the Unitarian faith on the part of a congregation in America was by King's Chapel in Boston, from where James Freeman began teaching Unitarian doctrine in 1784, and was appointed rector and revised the Prayer Book according to Unitarian doctrines in 1786.

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