I have trouble understanding it as well. I think it depends on who is
passing judgment on what is _Christian_--my Unitarian friend asserts
that she's a Christian, but our Baptist friend doesn't agree, as (if I
understand it correctly) not only do Unitarians not believe in the
trinity, but that they also don't believe in the divine nature of
It can be difficult for someone non-religious or non-Christian--like
myself--to get a good grasp on the various Christian sects.
Also, hello to everyone--I just signed up for the TSE list last week,
and have enjoyed reading the conversation thusfar.
On Fri, 22 Sep 2006 11:06:05 -0400
Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am an outsider to such nice distinctions, so could someone
>clarify, please, the quotation from FM Ishak. My question is whether
>he or she is correct in implying that Unitarianism is not a Christian
> I question, too, whether the "As this belief" properly documents a
> And, too, if "his leanings go back several years" before 1925, what
>is the special limiting significance of the year 1925? What about
>poems written as he was leaning, but before conversion? What
>circumstances, spiritual or otherwise, really mark 1925 as different
>from the leaning years?
> Diana Manister wrote:
>> In a note in his book The Mystical Philosophy of T.S. Eliot, Fayek
>> Ishak writes:
>> "In his childhood Eliot was influenced by Unitarianism -- the belief
>> in the Father with the exclusion of the Son and the Holy Ghost. As
>> this belief is outside the proper domain of Christianity, it was
>> abandoned by the poet even before he reached maturity."
>> In another note he writes:
>> "Eliot's conversion to Anglo-Catholicism occurred during 1925-1928
>> (his leanings go back several years.) ...It is significant that this
>> period falls between "The Hollow Men" (1925) and Ash Wednesday