Atonement of Christ, meant discarding the concept of sin. Allen's book which he called "Oracles of Reason", and others called "Ethan Allen's Bible" had a profound effect upon Ballou as is evidenced by Ballou's 1805 A Treatise on Atonement.
BALLOU'S THIRD INFLUENCE
Ballou was also familiar with another Mason deist Thomas Paine. Although he didn't share Paine's views, he felt they were healthy for true Christianity. Ballou wrote that he felt rigid Christians "have done more harm to the religion of Jesus than his open enemies from Celsus down to T. Paine."25
His close friend Caleb Rich got him together with his wife-to-be, the daughter of one of the few universalist families in the area.26
Although the Masonic reference book 10,000 Famous Freemasons is generally very accurate, it does make a mistake about Ballou. Contrary to their statement, Ballou was not ordained a
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