Piety Versus Moralism: The Passing of the New England Theology from Edwards to Taylor

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, May 1, 2007 - Religion - 358 pages
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This book represents the history of the New England theology from 1750 to 1830, revealing a significant conflict of attitudes and ideals involved in the decline of orthodoxy and the rise of the modern spirit in religion. It follows the course of theological discussion from Jonathan Edwards to Nathaniel W. Taylor, in whom liberalism triumphed. It shows how and why historical Christianity became unpalatable and unreasonable to the cultured in New England, how a great spirit was lost with the passing of the Edwardean theology, and how a new Christianity appeared in the place of the old. The author gives some clues to the source and nature of the weaknesses in present-day religious thought and makes a timely contribution to the launching of that reconstruction in Protestant theology, which is, admittedly, very much needed.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER IMPIETY AND MORALS
11
REFORM WITHOUT REGENERATION
43
THE WANING GLORY OF GOD
72
SINNERs AND SAINTS IN FULL COMMUNION
97
THE FATE OF THE DAMNED 1 31
131
THE WRATH OF GOD AND THE CROSS OF CHRIST
157
THE UNITARIAN REvoLT
202
THE FREEDOM OF THE POWER OF THE FACULTY
220
THE BITTER END 258
258
EPITAPH
281
BIBLIOGRAPHY
307
INDEX
323
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Joseph Haroutunian (1904-1968) was an American Presbyterian theologian known for his sharp mind and lively spirit. Haroutunian's Columbia University Ph.D. dissertation, supervised by Herbert W. Schneider, was published as 'Piety Versus Moralism. ' Haroutunian taught at Wellesley College, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago, where he was Professor of Systematic Theology.

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