Universalism

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What is Universalism?

Universalism is religious, theological, and philosophical concepts with universal applications. It claims that religion is a universal human quality. Universalism accepts other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. People who claim to be Universalists would emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept a variety of different religions.

Origin

Universalism is the result of the 1961 merging of two, pluralistic; Christian based religious movements, even though many Universalists claim they are not a Christian denomination. The original origin of Universalism itself actually dates back to the 16th century during the reformation in Poland, Transylvania, and England, and then later developed from a break with the Protestant Puritans in New England. They separated because they resented the teaching that only a select few could achieve salvation. They believed that everyone should receive salvation, regardless of their beliefs or practices.

Universalism in Christianity

In Christianity, Universalism can refer to the beliefs that all humans may be saved through Jesus Christ and eventually come to harmony with him in God's kingdom; this is commonly referred to as heaven. This salvation is offered to both to Jews and to Gentiles. Christianity is seen a Universalist religion because of this acceptance of other beliefs and the fact that it embraces individuals from every race, nation, language, and people. One of Christianity’s core beliefs is that the way you should act toward others should reflect the treatment that you would wish to receive; this is the main reason that they respect other religions and offer them salvation. Universal salvation is not offered though. Only people who lead good lives and repent their sins are offered salvation. It is said that by faith in Jesus Christ alone we can be saved.

Ferenc David

Frances David was King John Sigismund's court preacher who had successfully converted from Catholicism to Lutheranism then to Calvinism and finally decided on Universalism. He chose Universalism because he saw no biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity. He believed that people should be able to decide their own faith. He was the first ever Universalist and spread his message all around Europe. His famous words were, "We need not think alike to love alike."

Orello Cone

Orello Cone was a Universalist minister and scholar, he was also a professor at the Theological School of St. Lawrence University and later on, the president of the Universalist Buchtel College. He received Universalist fellowship in 1864 then, three years later, he became the president of financially-troubled Buchtel College, a Universalist institution in Akron, Ohio where he worked to expand the small student body by recruiting non-Universalists students. The historian Russell Miller once said, "the greatest denominational contributions to religious scholarship in the late nineteenth century were made by Orello Cone in the field of Biblical criticism."