Charles Chauncy

(1705—1787) Congregationalist minister in America

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Charles Chauncy (c. 1592—1672) minister in America and college head


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(1705–87), pastor of the First Church of Boston (1727–87), opposed Jonathan Edwards and the revivalists of the Great Awakening in his Seasonable Thoughts on the State of Religion in New England (1743) and other pamphlets. He also published A Compleat View of Episcopacy (1771), arguments against an Anglican hierarchy in the colonies, and in other sermons and pamphlets set forth reasons for a distinct break from the mother country. Late in life he proclaimed himself a Universalist in Salvation for All Men (1782) and The Mystery Hid from Ages and Generations (1784).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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