Instead Universalists asserted that all people will eventually be reconciled with God.Universalists claim a long history, beginning with Origen and Gregory of Nyssa, though some modern scholars question whether either of these church fathers taught the defining doctrine of Universalism (universal salvation).Spanning two volumes, each containing more than a hundred distinct selections, with scholarly introductions by leading experts.With humor and humanity, Nancy Mc Donald Ladd calls religious progressives to greater authenticity and truth-telling rather than mere optimism.This core doctrine asserts that through Christ every single human soul shall be saved, leading to the "restitution of all things" (apocatastasis).In 1793, Universalism emerged as a particular denomination of Christianity in the United States, eventually called the Universalist Church of America.For the Christian theology that includes a central belief in universal reconciliation, see Christian Universalism. For Universalism as a general philosophy, see Universalism.199,850 members of Unitarian Universalist Association congregations in the United States; 800,000 identify as Unitarian Universalist throughout the world (this number includes the United States total).Unitarian Universalists assert no creed, but instead are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth.
Originally taking the form of heretical ideas rather than an organized group of people, Unitarianism rejected the doctrine of the Trinity (“Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”) and Universalism rejected the doctrine that some human beings are “predestined for hell,” embracing instead the belief in universal salvation for all human beings.
A group of thirty Philippine congregations is represented as a sole member within the UUA.
The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) became an independent body in 2002.
The extent to which the elements of any particular faith tradition are incorporated into personal spiritual practice is a matter of individual choice for congregants, in keeping with a creedless, non-dogmatic approach to spirituality and faith development.
New England Unitarians evolved from the Pilgrim Fathers' Congregational Christianity, which was originally based on a literal reading of the Holy Bible.