Channing’s Unitarian doctrine can be divided into three major categories. The first being his rejection of the Christian Trinity. This view placed Channing on the radical, liberal wing of the religious community. Secondly, Channing’s belief of the goodness of humans, and their potential to become like God. This view was starkly in contrast to accepted Calvinist views of the time, which preached about human failings and depravity. The third, and perhaps most significant aspect of Channing’s liberal doctrine, was the emphasis on reason. Channing stressed that reason should be an integral part in studying the Bible.