Abner Kneeland wrotethe following letter to Universalist editor Thomas Whittemore listing his differences with Universalism. When Whittemore did not publish it, Kneeland did, in his own paper. The letter provided the grounds for the blasphemy charges brought against Kneeland in 1834.
1. Universalists believe in a god which I do not; but (I) believe that their god, with all his moral attributes, aside from nature itself, is nothing more than a chimera of their own imagination.
2. Universalists believe in Christ, which I do not; but (I) believe that whole story concerning him is as much a fable and a fiction, as that of the god Prometheus. . . .
3. Universalists believe in miracles, which I do not; but (I) believe that every pretension to them can either be accounted for on natural principles, or else is to be attributed to mere trick and imposture.
4. Universalists believe in the resurrection of the dead, in immortality and eternal life, which I do not; but (I) believe that all life is mortal, that death is an eternal extinction of life to the individual who possesses it, and that no individual life is, ever was, or ever will be eternal.
The Boston Investigator, December 20, 1833.