My bit for Trinity Sunday

I’ve seen more Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists make comment — positive, thoughtful or inquisitive comments — about the doctrine of the Trinity in the last few days than I’ve seen in my twenty-five years as a (Unitarian) Universalist. (Parenthetical, because I do believe in the Trinity now, but it’s not the sort of thing I lead with.)

So these references are more than today’s observation of Trinity Sunday, but I’m at a loss to say what that cause is.

The least I can do is add in a strange and — until the age of Google Books — little seen South Carolina work. So little seen that I couldn’t even get a copy when I was working on my (unfinished) thesis on Southern Universalism in 1992-3. But now you can read…

The Evangelists manual; or A guide to Trinitarian Universalists: Containing articles explanatory of the doctrines, tenets and faith of the Associates of the Primitive, Apostolic Church of the Trinitarian Universalists, in the city of Charleston. : To which is prefixed five introductory sections. And the eighteen articles of the Church, concluded with thirteen propositions, and an appeal to the Christian world. : With a copious index. (1829)

Historical note: Paul Dean was their minister for a few months. They dubbed him bishop, to the cocked eyebrows of the Universalists up north.

2 Replies to “My bit for Trinity Sunday”

  1. Freakish!!! I have seen a copy of this book in the Earlham theological collections. A friend of mine pointed it out to me while she was working in the library, back when we were both studying for the ministry.

    I was tickled by the “copious index” part of the title!

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