Monday, April 5, 2010

Faith, Choice, and Happiness

Unitarian Universalists are well-known for the way in which we not only permit, but sanctify the right of free choice in following a spiritual path. Evidence from social science suggests that an abundance of choices may correlate with a deficit of happiness. Martin Marty explores.


  1. Nobody ever said being a UU was a rose garden. I've always thought that some beliefs from other faiths (e.g. "The person you love who just died was a good person, so she must be in heaven") were wonderfully comforting things that would make me feel great.

    I can't believe them, though.


  2. I don't think anyone chooses beliefs... you just believe what you believe. :)

  3. I think I can understand what the article was getting at.

    I've bounced between a couple of different religious paths over the past few years because I convinced myself that I had to believe a certain way in order to be part of any of them.

    It's taken a long time to let go of some of my ingrained beliefs about what it means to be Christian. I consider myself (at least currently - ha ha) to be in that camp, but I'm definitely at the fringes. (The desire to fit in and believe the way others do is still a force that I have to deal with, though.)

  4. Sarah: I actually agree with you. This is something I hope to blog about sometime. Still, some religious communities more readily make room for those who "believe what they believe" than others do. That is what I mean in this context by allowing "free choice" in the search for a spiritual path.


Comments on this blog are moderated retroactively. Comments will be published immediately, but spam, slander, abuse personally directed at other commenters or at third parties, or comments that hijack the thread will be removed without further discussion, explanation or apology. Comments that I am unable to read (for whatever reason) will be deleted.

Comments that challenge the viewpoints expressed here within the bounds of civility and good manners are welcome. Blogger limits comments to 4,096 characters.