John Taylor

1694-1761. Nonconformist* minister. Following a lengthy pastorate in Norwich, he was appointed in 1757 to the divinity chair of Warrington Academy. After reading Samuel Clarke's* Scripture Doctrine of the Trinity, Taylor adopted Arian views of the person of Christ, and in The Scripture Doctrine of Original Sin (1740), as well as in Key to the Apostolic Writings, he claimed that the orthodox Reformed view of the imputation of Adam's sin to his posterity lacked biblical support, and that Adam's sin had only natural, not moral, consequences. His views were fully answered by Jonathan Edwards* in The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended (1758), but they continued to be influential in England and the USA.