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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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“The Comprehensive Theme of Revealed Theology”

“The Comprehensive Theme of Revealed Theology”

Taylor and the Moral Government of God

(p.91) 5 “The Comprehensive Theme of Revealed Theology”
Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards

Douglas A. Sweeney (Contributor Webpage)

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A striking emphasis on God's justice and goodness and on the truly moral nature of divine government pervades Taylor's entire corpus. In his famous Concio ad Clerum, Taylor upheld a firm commitment to both predestination and general divine providence, which were understood together as the doctrine of the eternal divine decrees. For Taylor, his infralapsarian Calvinistic solution to the problem of theodicy becomes the foundation for his opposition to the high Calvinist's limited and forensic understanding of the atonement. Even though Taylor made use of Scottish Common Sense Realism to arrive at his conclusions, Sweeney argues that this philosophy neither set him apart from his Edwardsian peers nor placed him in league with Old Calvinism.

Keywords:   atonement, Common Sense Realism, Concio ad Clerum, divine, infralapsarian, limited atonement, Old Calvinism, predestination, providence, theodicy

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