Early US Unitarian Development

Puritan Regime
Pynchon at Springfield expresses moderate Calvinism.
1684 Massachussetts Charter Vacated
1691 New Government subject to Crown (Puritan regime ended)
Knowledge of British Writers (Tillotson and Clarke) and about Salters Hall controversies.
Cotton Mather protests about Arians and Arminians.
The Great Awakening begun by Jonathon Edwards and spread by him and others. George Whitefield alienates many.
Ebenezer Gay, Lemuel Briant and very openly Charles Chauncy oppose revival methods.
Calvinism to Arminianism
Arianism and Arminianism
Jonathon Mayhew known to disbelieve the Trinity and Boston ministers refuse to ordain him. Others do so 1747. 1749 Mayhew opposes Athanasian Creed and urges freedom. Harvard does nothing to criticise.
1756 Thomas Emlyn and Humble Enquiry.
Jonathon Edwards concerned. Harvard does nothing.
Revision of Shorter Catechism at Portsmouth leaves out Trinity.
1782 James Freeman at Boston King's Chapel.
1785 Changes made to the Prayer Book. Congregation ordains him in 1787.
1811 Apostles Creed dropped.
Three Salem churches: Bentley, Prince and Barnard read Priestley and are pro-Unitarian.
1792 Unitarian Society set up in Portland under Thomas Oxnard - ends with his death in 1799.
Dr. Emmons in 1804 urges unity in belief and doctrine and opposes fraternity with unorthodox. Others follow.
Ware, new liberal Harvard Divinity Professor, 1805.
Orthodox Morse criticises the appointment and with him Pearson resigns.
Andover College set up.
1805 Panoplist begins attack on liberals.

Adrian Worsfold