Is Nothing Sacred?

Date: Sunday, August 12, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Is Nothing Sacred?

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton

Psychology professor Jonathan Haidt, in his recent book, The Righteous Mind, suggests that liberals are guided in questions of morality by three core values: caring for the weak, fairness, and liberty. He says that people who are more conservative share these three values, but add to them three more: loyalty, a respect for authority, and, what he calls, sanctity. It's the last one that fascinates and stumps me.

Is a willingness to name some things sacred and inviolable solely a conservative trait? What does that mean for us as "religious liberals"?

This Sunday and the remaining Sundays of this month, we'll be exploring what shapes our ethical framework as Unitarians.

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