Introduction

Channing was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1780. After graduating from Harvard University, he became the pastor of a Congregational Church in Boston. He started preaching there in 1803 where he remained until his death in 1840. However, Channing was clearly not limited to the Boston pulpit. He frequently gave speeches at friendsí ordinations, college graduations, and so forth. He even wrote an occasional pamphlet. This paper will focus on the Unitarian doctrine that Channing created, and the significance thereof.

However, Channing didnít only talk about religious issues. As Channingís sphere of influence increased, he began to voice his opinions about defining social issues of the time, such as slavery and war. This aspect of Channingís life will not be covered as extensively as the religious side, but his views and impact will certainly be addressed.