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54 moral polity was characterized by the liberty of indifference, his government circumscribed by the 'self-determining' aspects of the governed. When Edwards argued for freedom while denying this power to the will, Taylor observed, he might as well have said that a part was equal to the whole. Edwards's notion of freedom missed the essentials of the true definition. New Haven explicated Freedom of the Will in a way that was not true to Edwards but did creatively develop philosophical theology.

As colleges gradually claimed the guardianship of the character of upper-class youth, seminaries became more elevated above, and thus isolated from, ordinary life. The college philosophers, frequently also the presidents of their institutions, gained recognition as intellectual spokesmen in their communities. These men inculcated into pupils the dominant values of the various local collegiate cultures. Motivated by established moral and religious conventions, teachers fortified the standards of the educated classes.

The professionalism of American theology stunted divines. From the heyday of Edwards's disciples in the 1780s on, critics complained of the technicality of orthodox thought. By the 1830s, after the first flush of enthusiasm for the New Haven Theology, theological debate in New England had relinquished none of its rigor but much of its appeal. Theological thinkers did not lose the sanction of their legitimating communities but did lose their interest. In the first American ivory towers, the divines catered more and more to advanced ministerial students and said little to people outside graduate classrooms.

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