Clearly, the same word can mean different things to different groups. Thanks to Google, I was reminded again of this today and of our need as theologians to be aware of the pitfalls of assuming a common grammar. According to the Church of Universal Eclectic Wicca, ‘Universalism is a religious belief that allows for the existence of truth in a multitude of places’.
[If you’re curious to know how I ended up on the Church of Universal Eclectic Wicca site, it was the result of trying to find out a little bit more about a meeting held in 1888 at Albert Hall, Nottingham, to discuss Congregationalism and the Irish Question. The ‘Church’ ‘not only upholds the ‘Five Points of Wiccan Belief‘ (sound familiar?), but also shares the same acronym as the Congregational Union of England and Wales. So, of course …]