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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The Regina Press, Wesleyan University Press, Jesus did not come into the world to change the mind of God, but to change the mind of individuals, so they could recollect the divinity within.

Wright, Unitarian Controversy Brown, Always Young for Liberty Syracuse: It was highly orchestrated. He became a New England liberalrejecting the Calvinist doctrines of total depravity and divine election. James Henrich marked it as to-read Jul 30, Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: In the end, the aspect common to christlanity groups was the outright denial of the three persons of the Godhead.

William Ellery Channing

Channing’s letter to Thacher was directed to the state of religion in New England, but Maryland would be the hub from which the Unitarian message could begin to spread to christiznity Southern states. The Centenary Memorial Editioned. See Ahlstrom and Carey, God sent Jesus as a mediator to help return people to God’s love.

Christian ministers began to diverge over their beliefs in Christ and various other aspects of the Christian faith, such as original sin, reason in religion, and the nature of God.

Uniyarian helps you keep track of books you want to read. One of these challenges came as early as with the anonymous publication of Choice Dialogues between a Godly Minister and an Honest Country Man, Concerning Election and Predestinationwhich challenged the stricter forms of Calvinism by arguing that Calvinist doctrines reduce free will, and they turn God into the creator of sin.


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.

Paula marked it as to-read Jan 09, This is to avoid bringing controversy into the pulpits. They would seek Channing as its president. This occurred in various ways, but it is easiest to see his influence by condensing and describing his guidance and influence in relation to two occasions, one in and the other in Channing’s last paragraph brings forth his final plea for peace: Second, the New England liberal clergymen were refraining from making their true beliefs known, and they were hypocritically maintaining their pastorates through dissembling about what their true faith was.

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: Underlying this would be a strong awareness that all people are fallible.

Pamela added it Aug 11, This corruption of Christianity, alike repugnant to common sense and to the general strain of Scripture, is a remarkable proof of the power of a false philosophy in disfiguring the simple truth of Jesus.

Channing Threw Down the Unitarian Gauntlet

Instead, God had placed within humans a divine spark that provided all people with a high level of spiritual agency. To envision God as a punishing, vengeful God is to diminish God’s perfect nature. This set the stage for Morse to publish an issue of the Panoplist that would force the liberal Christians to vocalize their beliefs. Many of his sermons shaped and defined the “Unitarian Controversy” and are therefore considered definitive of American Unitarianism.


Channing died in Old Bennington, Vermontwhere a cenotaph is placed in his memory. Tim Styer rated it liked it Feb 06, Religious instruction should aim chiefly to “turn men’s aspirations and efforts to that perfection of the soul, which constitutes it a bright image of God.

Back to the Unitarian Christianity Main Page. He did all this through a methodical and carefully reasoned argument that revealed the liberal Christians’ dependence on reason in religion. Mary Morgan marked it as to-read Aug 21, He concludes his letter by asserting that the most honorable position to be in is to suffer for the cause of God.

Unitarian Christianity, or The Baltimore Sermon

Religion should conform to reason. Edited by Irving H. From this rational approach to the Bible, Channing proceeds to lay out what their rational enquiries have channiing in the biblical texts.

Timothy rated it it was amazing Jan 14, Be the first to ask a question about Unitarian Christianity. Hawke marked it as to-read Sep 01, Unitarian Universalist Association, Thacher dated 20 Junewhich challenged the orthodox Calvinists’ injurious descriptions chnaning the liberal Christians in New England.

Toward the end of his life Channing embraced immediate abolitionism. 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.