Celestial Lands The Religious Crossroads of Politics, Power, and Theology

Isaac M. Atwood

“The recurrence of the wooing, which has broken out at intervals for many years, between the Universalists and the Unitarians, evinces a smouldering affection somewhere under the surface. This time it is the American Unitarian Association, a rather venerable and somewhat austere lover, that gets down on one knee to the Universalist dame, also past her maiden enthusiasm, but charming still. These attacks are spontaneous, not manufactured. They spring from chronic conditions. They are in the blood. There is an affinity and kinship between the wooers which all who yield themselves fully to the movings of the spirit, in either denomination, fell. It is not so ardent and irrepressible as to carry either party quite away, or make either ready to drop the family name and welcome the loss of identity. While we should not call it mere flirtation, it is rather to be classed with a bachelor’s occasional and oft cooled inflammations, intermittent and hesitant, than with the passion that foretokens wedding bells.”

-–Isaac M. Atwood, Scrapbook, 1899.

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