William Ellery Channing: Minister of Religion

William Ellery Channing: Minister of Religion

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William Ellery Channing: Minister of Religion

William Ellery Channing: Minister of Religion

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I have been impelled to write a new life of Channing by several motives, two of which have a somewhat contradictory appearance, one of them being the deeper interest in Channing which has of late been manifested in quarters where there had been imperfect knowledge of his qualities, too little sympathy with his spirit, and the other the disproportion which, I thought, existed between the significance of his thought and message and their limited appreciation. The deeper interest seemed to invite a fresh delineation; the inadequate appreciation to lay on me a clear command. Moreover, even among those who have had the special care of Channing's name and fame, I had found the younger generations more ignorant of him and more indifferent to him than I thought was right, and I desired to communicate to them something of the enthusiasm and delight which for many years had animated my own breast. I was encouraged to make the attempt by the cordial reception accorded to my "Theodore Parker, . . ."

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