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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Channing addressed each of these points in detail and made it clear that Morse was wrong. Edited by Delbert Burkett. Thacher dated 20 Junewhich challenged the orthodox Calvinists’ injurious descriptions of the liberal Christians in New England.

Cited in Finlan, Stephen. He came to his definitive faith only through much spiritual turmoil and difficulty. If the orthodox Christians want to separate, then the division and its negative consequences rest on them.

It expanded upon his letter to Thacher by describing in more detail the theological and hermeneutic ideas valued by Unitarians.

William Ellery Channing

Channing enrolled at Harvard College at a troubled time, particularly because of the recent French Revolution.

He concludes his letter by asserting that the most honorable position to be in is to suffer for the cause of God. It did not challenge their different Christologies, but emphasized their common beliefs in the unity of God.

It is in this address that Channing first advocated the possibility for revelation through reason rather than solely from Scripture. William Ellery Channing April 7, — October 2, was the foremost Unitarian preacher in the United States in the early nineteenth century and, along with Andrews Norton —one of Unitarianism’s leading theologians.

College was never in a worse state than when I entered it.

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Channing was called as pastor of the Federal Street Church in Boston inwhere he chdistianity for the rest of his life. Society was passing through a most critical stage. Jesus did not come into the world to change the mind of God, but to change the mind of individuals, so they could chamning the divinity within.

Mary Morgan marked it as to-read Aug 21, I have always inclined to the doctrine of the preexistence of Christ, though am not insensible to the weight of your objections. Introductory Remarks to the Works of W. Therefore, he often chose to remain separate from organizations and reform movements. Back to the Unitarian Christianity Main Page. American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Channing and Unitarianism

They choose to support harmony among Christian believers instead of privileging doctrinal differences. Cass marked it as to-read Jan 29, His writings helped to establish Unitarianism as a search for meaning based on careful analyses of the Bible. They will continue to stand by their beliefs. Open Preview See a Problem? Brown, Always Young for Liberty Syracuse: In section one, Channing discloses their understanding of the Bible.

James Henrich marked it as to-read Jul 30, Return to Book Page. Of course, that didn’t happen and only 6 years later, inin Channing’s study, the American Unitarian Association was established.

Rogelio Jonathan added it Feb 28, The anniversary of the address is celebrated and observed annually by the Maryland churches of the Unitarian Universalist Association and its Joseph Priestley District as “Union Hcanning, with occasional ecumenical guests from other Christian bodies. That it lived up to that potential, to be the single most important sermon in Unitarian history, chanjing to have been confirmed by historical consensus.

He became a New England liberalrejecting the Calvinist doctrines of total depravity and divine election.

Wesleyan University Press, The first group believes that Jesus is more than a mere man; this christiabity holds that Jesus existed prior to the creation of the world and his entrance into it. In he gave another famous ordination sermon, entitled “Likeness to God”. Ahlstrom and Carey, By recollecting this divinity within, humans would be able to nurture that likeness to God and infinitely move closer to the divine.

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Retrieved September 9, Channing was reluctant to be the standard bearer of the cause, though he agreed with its premise that trinitarian ideas are not biblical. Underlying this would be a strong awareness that all people are fallible.

Channing Threw Down the Unitarian Gauntlet

He argues that such a call is un-Christian. Views Read Edit View history. Jared rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Channing wrote extensively about the emerging new national literature of the United States, saying that national literature chrlstianity “the expression of a nation’s mind in writing”, and “the concentration of intellect for the purpose of spreading itself abroad and multiplying its energy”.

An Encyclopedia classes him as one of several figures who “took a more pantheist or pandeist approach by rejecting views of God as separate from the christiajity.

Chanelle rated it it was amazing Jul 16, A Short History of American Unitarianismed. Christy Baker added it Oct 21, 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 were Unitarian. In the end, the aspect common to both groups was the outright denial of the three persons of the Godhead.

They abhorred conflict and believed in the harmonious coexistence of the liberals and the conservatives.