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Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1780 - 1842

William Ellery Channing (April 7, 1780 – October 2, 1842) was the foremost Unitarian preacher in the United States in the early nineteenth century and, along with Andrews Norton (1786–1853), one of Unitarianism's leading theologians. Channing was known for his articulate and impassioned sermons and public speeches, and as a prominent thinker in the liberal theology of the day. His religion and thought were among the chief influences on the New England Transcendentalists although he never countenanced their views, which he saw as extreme. He espoused, especially in his "Baltimore Sermon" of May 5, 1819, given at the ordination of the theologian and educator Jared Sparks (1789–1866) as the first minister of the newly organized First Independent Church of Baltimore, the principles and tenets of the developing philosophy and theology of Unitarianism, leading to the organization in 1825 of the first Unitarian denomination in America (American Unitarian Association) and the later developments and mergers between Unitarians and Universalists, resulting finally in the Unitarian Universalist Association of America in 1961.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 835327
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Identifier: Mss 835327
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 836940.1
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Identifier: Mss 836940.1
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 833940.3
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Identifier: Mss 833940.3
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 822316
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Identifier: Mss 822316
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 822327
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Identifier: Mss 822327
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 841528.1
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Identifier: Mss 841528.1
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 837272
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Identifier: Mss 837272
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 839307
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Identifier: Mss 839307
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William Ellery Channing letter

Mss 839523
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Identifier: Mss 839523
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