Scope and Content

These handwritten notes are entitled 'Our Unitarian Faith' and the author is labelled as 'A Spedding'. The notes are a summary account of the beliefs of Unitarians and denies the common belief that they don't believe in God, but does acknowledge that their main beliefs are in common sense, helpfulness and love to man. The piece claims that there is a Unitarian ideology but each individual must develop their own faith. Spedding asserts that there are Unitarians who want nothing to do with theology or doctrine but they disagree, and thinks that teaching doctrine encourages freedom of thought, whether the student agrees with it or not. It states that through teaching 'we can help each other think', and thinking and education are key areas of Unitarianism. The piece cites conscience as an important part of Unitarian belief, and that a good conscience connects one to God. It also discusses the Bible, and how while the Unitarians don't necessarily believe in the Bible or use it, parts of it are good for a general education and for developing sophisticated thought.