To Minnie From Vesta Xmas 1899.

There are days I think I must be a bad Universalist.

I just haven’t read — or read to completion, or with comprehension — many of the standard historic works of the faith. But who reads Elhanan Winchester’s Four Dialogues on the Universalist Restoration or even Hosea Ballou’s Treatise on the Atonement for the pure pleasure of the experience?

But there’s no reason I haven’t read all of the The Life of Murray. It is unquestionably the most popular Universalist work ever written. I’ve read most, nearly all of it, but never from cover to cover. So that’s my next reading assignment.

Not bus reading, mind you, because my newest copy of The Life of Murray is the 1896 edition. The title of this entry is the inscription before the title page. A quaint reminder that this book meant more to someone, and perhaps, might mean more to me than I recall.

Categorized as Universalism

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. – I will confess to having read the full TREATISE ON ATONEMENT. But I did it for my UU History class at Earlham. It was tedious, but had a lovely logic to it. Although the logic reminded me more of old scientific books I’ve read (like Lyell or Darwin).

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