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Taylor's Edwardsian Legacy

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/10.1093/0195154282.003.0009
 Taylor's Edwardsian Legacy

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In his conclusion, Sweeney moves beyond the usual story of Edwardsian decline to a summary of Taylor's own substantial legacy to post‐Edwardsian America. He notes that in New England, Taylor's theology managed to split Connecticut's General Association, but his opening up of the Edwardsian culture changed the face of New England Theology. As America moved westward, Taylor's dilation of New England's traditional regional orthodoxies paved the way for the spread of its churches and their theology on the frontier. For Taylor, as for his American successors, the proof of one's theology lay in preaching and virtuous living.

Keywords: America; Connecticut's General Association; Edwardsian declension; New England Theology; post‐Edwardsian America; Nathaniel William Taylor; theology

Chapter.  5623 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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