Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The doctrine, held especially by some Christian groups, that all people will eventually be saved.
  • noun The condition of being universal, as in range or application; universality.
  • noun The belief that a particular theory or religion has universal application and is not limited in scope.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrine or belief of Universalists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Theol.) The doctrine or belief that all men will be saved, or made happy, in the future state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being universal; universality.
  • noun The theological belief that all souls can attain salvation.
  • noun this sense?) A part of Unitarian Universalism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the theological doctrine that all people will eventually be saved

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Examples

  • Moreover, this universalism is the source of Alroy's military success.

    Valman - Criticism - Critical Contexts

  • The language of moral universalism is widely and repeatedly invoked as a cudgel with which to condemn Western policies, especially as they concern countries in the so-called “Third World” (and often justifiably so).

    Matthew Yglesias » Hate Speech in South Africa

  • This collapsing of historical specificity and political difference — so central to the 1940s faith in universalism and "normality" — stands in sharp contrast to Monty's potentially fascist insistence on ethnic differences and boundary-keeping.

    Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood

  • Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a leading conservative evangelical, wrote that in the video Mr. Bell "affirms what can only be described as universalism," the belief that ultimately all people are "saved."

    What Happened to Heaven and Is Gandhi There?

  • There were people like Kabir Tulasi, Dadu Nanak and Peepa were propagating the idea of universalism of all faith.

    Occident verses Orient Debate

  • The second major contribution made by the presence of the Church is what we might in shorthand call universalism - not in the technical theological sense, but simply meaning the conviction that every human agent is involved in either creating or frustrating a common good that relates to the whole human race.

    Faith Communities in a Civil Society - Christian Perspectives

  • The so-called universalism of the fashionable Left's values for not all of them are like this is laid bare by the sheer contradiction of the argument Steel makes.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • The second major contribution made by the presence of the Church is what we might in shorthand call universalism - not in the technical theological sense, but simply meaning the conviction that every human agent is involved in either creating or frustrating a common good that relates to the whole human race.

    Faith Communities in a Civil Society - Christian Perspectives

  • The second major contribution made by the presence of the Church is what we might in shorthand call universalism - not in the technical theological sense, but simply meaning the conviction that every human agent is involved in either creating or frustrating a common good that relates to the whole human race.

    Faith Communities in a Civil Society - Christian Perspectives

  • So while Arminianism offers us a spurious universalism, which is at best a universalism of opportunity, Calvinism offers us the true universalism in the salvation of the race.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

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