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Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards$
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Douglas A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154283

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195154282.001.0001

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Birth of a Theologian

Birth of a Theologian

The Early Life of Nathaniel Taylor

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(p.15) 1 Birth of a Theologian
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Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards
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DOI:10.1093/0195154282.003.0002

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

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