“To Make Himself a Holy Heart”

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:
 “To Make Himself a Holy Heart”

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Consistent with the Edwardsian emphasis on revival, Taylorite preachers inundated New England audiences with constant pleas for immediate repentance. Taylor's doctrine of regeneration crystallized in response to a treatise by Gardiner Spring, Dissertation on the Means of Regeneration. Taylor's doctrine led to charges of Pelagianism from his opponents. Sweeney argues that through his understanding of regeneration, Taylor sought to shape a theology that proved both modern and well grounded in evangelical Calvinist orthodoxy. Thus, while he worked with all his might to promote the human duty to have faith, he found this effort perfectly consistent with a doctrine of dependence.

Keywords: Calvinist; Dissertation on the Means of Regeneration; Doctrine of regeneration; Edwardsian; evangelical; Pelagianism; regeneration; revival; Gardiner Spring

Chapter.  8191 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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