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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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Taylor's Edwardsian Legacy

Taylor's Edwardsian Legacy

New Haven and the Religious Culture of Evangelical America

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(p.144) 8 Taylor's Edwardsian Legacy
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Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards
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Douglas A. Sweeney (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195154282.003.0009

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

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