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TYLER, BENNET. Remarks on Rev. Dr. Taylor's Letter to Dr. Hawes. By Bennet Tyler, D.D. Boston: Printed by Peirce & Parker, No. 9 Cornhill. 1832. Octavo, 15.5 x 24.6cm. $55.00 Bennet Tyler (1783-1858) American Congregational pastor, theologian, educator. President of Dartmouth College for 6 years, first President and professor of Christian theology of the Theological Institute of Connecticut, leader of the `Old School' Calvinists. "In this same year  a sermon preached by Dr. Nathaniel W. Taylor at the Yale Commencement let loose a flood of theological controversy among the New England churches, especially in Connecticut, between the 'Old School' Calvinists and the 'New Divinity' as promulgated from New Haven. Being an ardent conservative and one of the ablest interpreters of the old theology, Tyler was drawn into the debate and became a recognized leader of conservative orthodoxy. On Sept. 10, 1833, forty ministers met in East Windsor, Conn., and resolved to establish a theological seminary--if twenty thousand dollars could be raised--to counteract, as far as possible, the harmful effects of the 'New Divinity as taught in New Haven. The money was raised in a few weeks, the corner-stone of the Theological Institute of Connecticut, now the Hartford Theological Seminary, was laid May 13, 1834, and Tyler was inducted into office as president and professor of Christian theology on the same day. This position he held for twenty-three years, resigning on account of the infirmities of age July 16, 1857... Not an original or speculative thinker, Tyler dwelt contentedly in the Calvinistic system as modified by Jonathan Edwards and tempered by Timothy Dwight"--Dict. Amer. Biog. XIX:85. Tyler begins this pamphlet with "that his [Taylor's] theories do involve principles subversive of some of the most prominent and important articles of his creed, I shall endeavor to show in the following remarks." [p.3] He then proceeds under 4 points: "I. The Doctrine of Decrees. II. The Doctrine of Original Sin. III. The Doctrine of Regeneration. IV. The Doctrine of Election." Tyler closes the pamphlet with: The reader will perceive that each of the topics brought into view in the preceding remarks, might be made the subject of extended discussion; but my object has been to present a brief general view of what I conceive to be the tendency of Dr. Taylor's speculations. I have felt it the most important to do this, on account of the attempts which have been made to convince the public that the points on which Dr. Taylor differs from his brethren are of trifling consequence; as the relate chiefly not to doctrines, but to philosophy, of religion. But if his philosophical theories, as I have attempted to show, do tend to sap the foundations of some of the fundamental doctrines of the Gospel, they are not to be regarded as harmless; nor ought the Christian community to slumber, while such strenuous efforts are making to give them currency in the world." [p.12]
Pamphlet bound in original printed wrapper, side-stitched, wrapper soiled, fore-edge & bottom edge not trimmed and a bit tattered, large damp stain in upper outer corner of all pages, light to medium foxing. American Imprints #32-15066. OCLC locates 10 libraries. (17733)
Title: Remarks on Rev. Dr. Taylor's Letter to Dr. Hawes.
Illustrator: Boston: Printed by Peirce & Parker, No. 9 Cornhill.
Publisher: Bennet Tyler's Objections of Dr. Taylor's Letter to Dr. Hawes, Boston,: 1832
Binding: Pamphlet bound in original printed wrapper, side-s
Book Condition: wrapper soiled, fore-edge & bottom edge not trimmed and a bit tattered, large damp stain in upper outer corner of all pages, light to medium foxing.
Size: . Octavo, 15.5 x 24.6cm
Weight: 2.00 Item
Book Number: 17733
Keywords: Arminianism, Calvinism, Determinism, Free Will, New England Theology, New Haven Theology, Original Sin, Regeneration, Sin, Theology, Pamphlets