George Huntston Williams
classic study of Universalist theological trends considers a variety of issues:
the social reform efforts of Horace Greeley and Quillen Shinn, the ordination of
women, the temperance movement, penal reform, spiritualism, pacifism and more.
First presented to the 1970 General Assembly on the bicentennial of John
Murray's arrival in the U.S., this fourth edition includes a new introduction by
historian Charles Howe. Co-published with the Unitarian Universalist Historical
An accomplished historian of early Protestantism and Unitarianism, George Huntston Williams also wrote The
Radical Reformation (1962). Charles Howe is minister emeritus of the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Wilmington, North Carolina.
"Williams's American Universalism is important not because it is a
history of Universalism—it is not—but because it contains an analysis of
American Universalism during its formative first hundred years. It takes a
snapshot of Universalism at the time of the Murray centenary celebration in
1870, creates a set of categories for understanding the various kinds of
Universalists, then studies how these Universalist types developed in the second
century of Universalism, paying particular attention to social issues and the
relations of Universalists with other closely related denominations. This book
invites us to reflect on the manifold nature of our Universalist heritage."
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