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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Delivered before the Congregational ministers unktarian Massachusettes the first discourse with this title. The common desire to know God’s will should be the common bond that creates Christian solidarity, not the divisive doctrines created by new sects.

While there may be a few clergymen in New England who agree with the Socinian position, the dominant two groups of liberals could be broken crhistianity in a more clear and distinct way. Vernon Street, Boston, Channing’s home, c. With this split clearly demarcated, the Unitarians now could establish themselves more solidly as a group within New England with no sense of injustice.

Channing wrote a book in entitled Slavery. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Here Channing asserts that true religion consists in becoming more and more like the Supreme Being.

W. E. Channing, “Unitarian Christianity” (abridged version)

Jennifer marked it as to-read Oct 24, Channing enrolled at Harvard College at a troubled time, particularly because of the recent French Revolution. He later wrote of these years:. This middle position characterized his attitude about most questions channihg his eloquence and strong influence on the religious world incurred the enmity of many extremists.

Channing disclosed how humanity is not preordained to some particular end by God; they are active agents in their reception of Unitarrian mercy. His evolving view of abolitionism was fostered by the success of British abolition in the British West Indies in and the absence of the expected social and economic upheaval in the post-emancipated Caribbean.

Paula marked it as to-read Jan 09, Baltimore, Maryland was beyond the confines of New England, and the liberal Christians there were attempting to battle orthodox Calvinism. Channing was known for his articulate and impassioned sermons and public speeches, and uniarian a prominent thinker in the liberal theology of the day.

Channing Threw Down the Unitarian Gauntlet

Even at the end of his life he adhered to the non- Socinian belief in the preexistence of Christ:. This article is about the Unitarian theologian. Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Worcester elicited two more letters from Channing.

Channing Threw Down the Unitarian Gauntlet – Church History Timeline

Feb 11, Jonathan added it. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat The significant aspect of this letter is Channing’s attempt to explain the different history of the word “Unitarian” in order to elaborate more clearly in what sense the liberal Christians of New England vhristianity Unitarian. Nathaniel Thayer of Lancaster; Dr.

While the Unitarians did not believe ujitarian these disagreements were enough to separate them from Trinitarian Christians, they did believe that the Orthodox views were unscriptural and irrational. Vero marked it as to-read Jul 21, In later years Channing addressed the topic of slavery although he was never an ardent abolitionist.

Society was passing through a most critical stage. Greenwood Press, Publishers, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Caitlyn marked it as to-read Jun 18, The ordination ceremony that took place on 5 May was not ordinary.

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.

Roberts Brothers, His writings helped to establish Unitarianism as a search for meaning based on careful analyses of the Bible.