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’s letter provided the opportunity to openly discuss the differences between the orthodox and liberal Christians, but Morse and other orthodox Christians rejected this attempt.

Instead of being cruel, God is merciful. Morse’s review in the Panoplist laid out three clear accusations.

Channing Threw Down the Unitarian Gauntlet – Church History Timeline

This negative view of God has a direct effect on how the orthodox Christians view humans. First, they encounter christiamity united God, not a God divided into three persons. Underlying this would be a strong awareness that all people are fallible. It is here that Channing describes the father-like nature of God that would guide the theology of Unitarians for years to come.

Feb 11, Jonathan added it. It is our moral nature, the spring of all our virtuous acts. University of South Carolina, In this way, Channing was a crucial person for the formation of the Unitarian identity in nineteenth-century America as he clearly elaborated their beliefs and what it meant for them to be a Christian.


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

Return to Book Page. Pamela added it Aug 11, To envision God as a punishing, vengeful God is to diminish God’s perfect nature. Roberts Brothers, Cass marked it as to-read Jan 29, Humans come from a loving God who has implanted divinity in us all.

The significant aspect of this letter is Channing’s attempt to explain the different history of the word “Unitarian” in order to chanhing more clearly in what sense the liberal Christians of New England were Unitarian.

To devotedly and humbly follow Jesus in the love of God and one’s fellows is a true and honest calling. Vero marked it as to-read Jul 21, Harvard University Press, A sincere search christainity the truths found in the Bible can only occur in a rational environment of open dialogue where censure is abnormal and mutual support is encouraged.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Channing states that his “self respect too is wounded. The Reluctant Radical Westport: From the preface to the sermon from the book “William Ellery Channing: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This article is about the Unitarian theologian. Vintage Books,xv-xxiv. Cited in Finlan, Stephen. James Henrich marked it as to-read Jul 30, Channing enrolled at Harvard College at a troubled time, particularly because of the recent French Revolution.

Anas marked it as to-read Aug 15, By trying to obstruct such enquiries into the nature of religion and the Christian life, Christianity has caused severe harm. Italics in the original text.


Samuel Worcester responded to Channing’s letter. The orthodox ministers began to attack Channing immediately. It brought into the discussion the active role of humans in the religious life. The authority of the past was gone. Unitarian Christianity by William Ellery Channing. Laurie M McLain rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Views Read Edit View history.

Channing has pointed out clearly the true nature of The Faith. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Channing Threw Down the Unitarian Gauntlet

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. Laura Bird knight marked it as to-read Jun 25, Thacher dated 20 Junewhich challenged the orthodox Calvinists’ injurious descriptions of the liberal Christians in New England. We are told to love and imitate God, but also that God unitarisn things we would consider most cruel in any human parent, “were he to bring his children into life totally depraved and then to pursue them with endless punishment”.

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