I have noticed that this following reference is cited to indicate that universalism was prevalent in early church history.
"The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopaedia of Religious Knowledge, vol. 12, page 96:
"During the first five centuries of Christianity, there were six theological schools, of which four (Alexandria, Antioch, Caesarea, and Edessa, or Nisibis) were Universalist; one (Ephesus) accepted conditional mortality; one (Carthage or Rome) taught endless punishment of the wicked."http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/encyc12/Page_96.html
However, when I read the actual book citation (linked), it states "universalism was never accepted by the church at large".
I need clarification. Please help..