Taylor, Nathaniel William

Taylor, Nathaniel William

(1786–1858) Protestant theologian; born in New Milford, Conn. He graduated from Yale in 1807, was ordained in 1812, held a Congregational pastorate in New Haven for ten years, and from 1822 until a few weeks before his death was professor of theology at Yale. His "New Haven theology," long assailed as heresy, denied the Calvinistic doctrine of sin as depravity. He contributed controversial articles to the Christian Spectator and other journals and was a persuasive, eloquent preacher and teacher.
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