The Rise and Development of the Congregational Polity and Spirit in New England

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circa 1905-1906


In this lecture, Davis covers the beginning of the Universalist Movement. By the 1700s, two movements within the New England Congregational churches, one liberal (Charles Chauncy) and one conservative (Jonathan Edwards) had emerged. This created room for other movements, including Universalism, which believes that all persons are "elected" to heaven in the afterlife. This movement was advanced by John Murray, who arrived in New England after a difficult life in Ireland and England.

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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, Universalism

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Lecture Eight: John Murray and the Beginning of the Universalist Movement



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