A thought about extinct churches

No created thing last forever. That includes religious movements.

A bit of tweeting about the Cowherdites — better known for their early vegetarianism than their adapted Swedenborgian theology — reminded me of primtivist and somewhat antinomian Sandemanians who served cabbage and broth at the Lord’s Supper.

Or the earthy and materialist (in the philosophical sense) Muggletonians — perhaps the most interesting of this bunch — and the Irvingites, who by distinction were known for their spiritual and esoteric theology … and their beautiful buildings. (An example.)

All came first from England or Scotland. All are now as dead as the dodo.

By Scott Wells

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

1 comment

  1. I’d love to see a 2012 resurgence of most of these, replacing some of our well established groups and denominations that are dedicated to the ideal of respectability (a fair number of UU congregations included).

    John

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