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Birth of a Theologian

Douglas A. Sweeney

in Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154283
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195154282.003.0002
 Birth of a Theologian

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This chapter briefly outlines the Taylor family history, including Nathaniel William Taylor's puritan roots in New England. Although Nathaniel William Taylor's grandfather and family patriarch, Nathanael Taylor, was a prominent Old Calvinist, Nathaniel William Taylor's religious horizons were expanded under the tutelage of Azel Backus, the prominent New Divinity preacher and successor to Joseph Bellamy's pulpit in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Backus molded the young Taylor's mind – as well as his piety and his preaching style – after the Edwardsians.

Keywords: Azel Backus; Joseph Bellamy; Connecticut; New Divinity; Old Calvinism; Nathanael Taylor; Nathaniel William Taylor

Chapter.  3437 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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