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NEW HAVEN THEOLOGY.
(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE NEW-ENGLAND TELEGRAPH.)
BY REV. TYLER THACHER.
1-9 - 1932
TAYLOBISM EX A M INED.
GOD IS ABLE TO PREVENT SIN IN A MORAL SYSTEM. That God is able to prevent sin in a moral system, has, I believe, till recently, been universally maintained by professed Calvinists. Rev. NATHANIEL W. TAYLOR, D.D., of New Haven, though professedly a strict Calvinist, has questioned the truth of this position, called it " a groundless assumption," and undertaken to disprove it.
It is not my design in this number, to inquire whether Dr. Taylor is a Calvinist or an Arminian. Although I like to have things called by their right names, yet names, in my view, are of far less importance than things.
It is my present object to show, that God could have prevented all sin in a moral system, if he had chosen to do it; or that he could have prevented all his creatures from sinning without destroying their moral agency,
I mean first to prove this position by direct arguments; and then to answer objections.
And here I would observe, 1. That creatures do not sin by chance. If they sinned by chance, it would be impossible for God to prevent them from sinning, without annihilating them. On the supposition that sin could come into existence by chance, it would be impossible to prove, that God could prevent sin in a moral system. But sin cannot come igta existence by chance. Chance will