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Pelagians and Arminians. The Pelagians are rationalists and
naturally drift into Unitarianism. The term Arminian now suggests
the Methodists, but the Arminians of Edwards' day were the
Liberals, whose natural successors are to be found to some extent
among the Unitarians, still more among the Methodists, and in
goodly numbers among Orthodox Congregationalists. The Calvinists
also fall into two, parties: the "Old Divinity" men and the "New
Divinity" men. The Old Divinity men are sometimes called " Old
Calvinists;" a better designation is "Moderate Calvinists." Some of
their views resembled those of early Arminians. The New Divinity
men were known as Hopkinsians. They often called themselves
"Consistent Calvinists." Their theology is the " New England
Theology." Their most strenuous contentions, which will be noticed
hereafter, were in opposition to Moderate or Old Calvinism. THE
RELIGIOUS CONDITION OP NEW ENGLAND IN 1730. The rise of New England
Theology was contemporaneous with the great revival. The country
was prepared for theological investigation as well as susceptible
of religious excitement. Christian people had become alarmed over
the lax state of public morals, and the public mind was
deliberating upon the comparative worth of a liberal and a strict
scheme of doctrine. These two points are worthy of notice, as
preparatory to a study of the topic before us. 16 NEW ENGLAND
THEOLOGY. 1. The Lax State Of Morais. It seems a defiance of
natural development, and a mockery of human purposes, that the
model Christ- tian Commonwealth of the Puritans should fall into
gross immoralities. That a century of experience under the
domination of the strictest rules of righteousness should result in
social vices and disorders, almost leads us to despair of the final
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