Atwood, Isaac Morgan
ATWOOD, ISAAC MORGAN: Universalist; b. at Pembroke, N. Y., Mar. 24, 1838.
He was educated at Yale, but did not graduate. He was a tutor in Ferguson Boys’
School in 1859 and principal of Corfu Classical Institute in 1859–60. In
359the following year he entered the Universalist ministry and until
1879 held various pastorates in New York, Maine, and Massachusetts. He then became
president of the Canton (N. Y.) Theological School, where he remained until 1899.
Since 1898 he has been general superintendent of the Universalist Church in the
United States and Canada, of which he was also appointed secretary in 1905. He lectured
before the St. Lawrence University Divinity School in 1900-06 and before the Lombard College Divinity School in 1906. He was
vice-president of the Universalist
General Convention in 1880-85 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the New
York State League of Churches and of the committee on churches in the Religious
Education Association. From 1867 to 1874 he edited the Christian Leader,
of which he has since been associate editor, while in 1886-89 he was a staff-contributor
to the Independent and in 1892-94 was on the editorial staff of the
Dictionary. He is also a member of the American Social Science Association and
of the New York Economic Club. In theology he holds firmly to the cardinal doctrine
of the Universalist denomination. His principal writings are: Have We Outgrown
Christianity? (Boston, 1870); Latest Word of Universalism (1879);
Walks About Zion (1880); Episcopacy (1885); Revelation
(1893); and Balance Sheet of Biblical Criticism (1896).