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The Universalist Movement in America, 1770-1880

Ann Lee Bressler


This book offers the first cultural history of Universalism and the Universalist idea – the idea that an all-good and all-powerful God saves all souls. Ann Bressler argues that Universalism began as a radical, eschatological, and communally oriented faith, and only later became a “comfortably established” progressive and individualistic one. Although Universalists are usually classed with Unitarians as pioneering Protestant liberals, the author argues that they were in fact quite different from both contemporary and later liberalism in their ideas and goals. Unitarians began by rejecting the C ... More

Keywords: absolute corporeal salvation, absolute corporeal sinfulness, American Universalism, Calvinism, moral responsibility, moralism, progressivism, Protestantism, religious history, self-cultivation, Universalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195129861
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195129865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Lee Bressler, author