Chauncy, Charles was born on January 12, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Charles and Sarah (Walley) Chauncy.
Graduated from Harvard, 1721, A.M., 1724.
Pastor, First Church, Boston, 1727-1778. Leader religious liberals of the time. Objected to revivalism of Jonathan Edwards on grounds that emotions were poor guide to religion when compared to the intellect.
Opposed movements to reestablish close connection between church and provincial government. Believed (contrary to Edwards and Calvin) that salvation is possible for all mentor Author: Sermon on Enthusiasm, 1742. Seasonable Thoughts on the State of Religion in New England, 1743.
Complete View of Episcopacy, 1771. Salvation for All Men Illustrated and Vindicated as a Scripture Doctrine 1782. The Benevolence of the Deity, 1784.
Married Elizabeth Hirst, February 14, 1727. Married second, Elizabeth Townsend, January 8, 1738.