This is a name I came up with for people attending and teaching at Oral Roberts University in the 70s.
The new Universalists are not as vocal about their Universalism ideas but are far more deadly to the Church as they are not rejected like classic Universalists were decades ago.
The new Universalists would include Emerging Church leaders like Brian Mc Laren, Leonard Sweet, Spencer Burke, Alan Jones and others like Wycliffe, Society of Biblical Literature, World Christian Gathering of Indigenous Peoples, Richard Twiss, Daniel Kikawa, Terry Le Blanc, Rick Warren, Henry Nowen, YWAM, Tony Campolo, Robert Schuller, George Otis Jr., and even Billy Graham.
This is called eisegesis or plugging your own ideas into the Scriptures instead of exegesis, gaining understanding and interpretation of the Bible by studying it in context and in the scope of the whole written Word.
In the introduction to Mike Oppenheimer's and my book "Idolatry In Thier Hearts" I exposed the fact that Don Richardson pulled the phrase "Eternity In Thier Hearts" to use as his book title from it's context in Ecc. He did this to support his thesis, which actually contradicts the second part of that verse, where it states that man cannot fathom what God has done.
It should probably be called "The Disciple's Prayer".
It starts with a very important concept in the first verse.
At that time I didn’t know that Oral Roberts was carrying on the Word of Faith traditions of New Thought practitioners such as Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Essex Kenyan, Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuler, and many other false teachers of the time.
Though I didn’t know anything about Word of Faith or New Thought then I knew that the way they were representing Christianity was just not right somehow. Lewis called "Screwtape Letters" was a clever idea in exposing a number of tactics of the enemy.
This is both an incredible source of hope for Christians who are downtrodden, and a source of escalating heresy in many churches.