William Ellery Channing was one of the great souls of the early nineteenth century. ""The impassioned little saint with the burning heart, whose intellect was the conscience of New England,"" writes Van Wyck Brooks of him in The Flowering of New England. And yet for most Americans today, Channing is but a name belonging to the dim distant past. As Channing's liberalism in religion, in politics and in economics is still needed as an antidote both to cynical disillusionment and to the theology of despair, this attempt to reintroduce us to Channing and his flaming idealism should be welcomed. Channing was of course a Unitarian and some of his religious ideas would be rejected by most Christians. But anyone who reads these selections from his writings will understand why it was that at his death even the bells of the Catholic Cathedral in Boston tolled in mourning. The book is arranged for daily reading and meditation.