William Ellery Channing was weary of having the epithet “Unitarian” flung at him His address, “Unitarian Christianity,” stands as a hallmark of Unitarian history. Beginning in the eighteenth century, a religious split began to occur in New England. Christian ministers began to diverge over their beliefs in Christ and various. Unitarian Christianity has 17 ratings and 3 reviews. Edwin said: True ChristianityThis little volume is for everyone who wants a true and honest relati.

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Worcester elicited two more letters from Channing. American Unitarian Association, Hawke marked it as to-read Sep 01, Instead of this narrow-mindedness, Channing advocates that the orthodox Christians should start living a life with an emphasis on Christian deeds and learn to temper their language in chritianity more Christ-like way.

William Ellery Channing

Wikisource has original works written by or about: By recollecting this divinity within, humans would be able to nurture that likeness to God and infinitely move closer to the divine.

The first group believes that Jesus is more than a mere man; this group holds that Jesus existed prior to the creation of the world and his entrance into it.

Brooks, William Ellery Channing: Channing’s contributions in and outlined in an acceptable way the central tenets of Unitarianism within the realm of tolerance and reason that built a consensus among liberal Christians in America and in Britain. The Reluctant Radical Westport: Essays on American Unitarian History Boston: When people would discuss Unitarianism, Channing’s name would always enter the conversation, and many came to describe their position as “Channing Unitarianism.


Channing addressed each of these points in detail and made it clear that Morse was wrong. Even when he delivered this sermon, he was hoping for there to be no break in relations with other Christian ministers. University of South Carolina, Matt Sautman marked it as to-read Mar 02, For a brief elaboration of the development of the science of “man” that coincides with this period and Channing’s humanistic language, see Michel Foucault, The Order of Things: Wesleyan University Press, The overseers largely former slave masters were necessary because the slaves would lapse into laziness.

John Newhall rated it it was amazing Jul 18, This incident is acknowledged as the beginning of a thirty-year conflict between the liberal and the orthodox Christians of New England, which has been called the Unitarian controversy unitxrian Paula marked it as to-read Jan unitsrian, Biography “A Letter To the Rev.

Passions are part of religion, but reason should be the ultimate criterion from which religious inspiration is judged.

It was not only a theological statement, but a basis upon which to act. To do this, he reprinted part of Thomas Belsham’s book on Unitarianism in Englandspecifically the chapter on Unitarianism in New England based on the views of the liberal minister James Freeman, the first avowed Unitarian in New England. Lists with This Book. These hostilities would visibly manifest themselves two years later over the election of Henry Ware as Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard College.

Channing Threw Down the Unitarian Gauntlet – Church History Timeline

Anas marked it as to-read Aug 15, Laura Bird knight marked it as to-read Jun 25, First, this occasion was chosen for its ability to place the cause of Unitarianism before the nation.


To envision God as a punishing, vengeful God is to diminish God’s perfect nature. Published by Forgotten Books first published July 30th Rogelio Jonathan added it Feb 28, In later years Channing addressed the topic of slavery although he was never an ardent abolitionist.

This middle position characterized his attitude about most questions although his eloquence and strong influence on the religious world incurred the enmity of many extremists. To ask other readers questions about Unitarian Christianityplease sign up. Thanks for telling unotarian about the problem. In fact, Channing made it clear through his letter that the liberal Christians of New England who were Arian in temperament were closer to the New England Calvinists than they were to the Socinians in England.


The French Revolution had diseased the imagination and unsettled the understanding of men everywhere. Other important tenets were the belief in human goodness and the subjection of theological ideas to the light of reason.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Six years later, inthe American Unitarian Association would be founded.