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Select Works of Dan Taylor (4 vols.)


Discover important insights into Baptist history with four classic works by British pastor Dan Taylor. Founder of the “New Connection” of General Baptists in late eighteenth- early-nineteenth-century England, Taylor was an important leader in the younger generation of General Baptists. This collection presents Taylor’s two dissertations on singing as Christian worship—which provide unique perspective on the historical debate among British Baptists, as well as two of his works on the nature and importance of baptism and its related controversies.

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Looking for more classic Baptist works? Check out Select Works of Benjamin Keach (9 vols.).

  • Examines historical debates surrounding Christian baptism and singing in worship
  • Provides insight into Baptist history in England
  • Presents significant works of General Baptist leader Dan Taylor
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A Dissertation on Singing in the Worship of God

  • Author: Dan Taylor
  • Publisher: J. Buckland
  • Publication Date: 1786
  • Pages: 72

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Dan Taylor’s first major treatise, published in 1786, responds to older General Baptists’ views against singing in the church. Specifically, Taylor responds to the writings of Gilbert Boyce—messenger of the old Lincolnshire Association—who argued fiercely against singing in worship, saying that it can be worldly and allows non-Christians to participate in worship in an inappropriate way, among other objections.

Taylor argues that singing has a strong presence in both Scripture and Christian history, defending singing’s place in the church. He notes that “the practice of ‘singing psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs,’ not only was recommended by the apostles, and abundantly enforced by precept and example in the Old and New Testament; but was received from the apostles, and praised in the first ages of the Christian church fifteen hundred years before Mr. Keach and Mr. Allen came into existence.”

A Second Dissertation on Singing in the Worship of God

  • Author: Dan Taylor
  • Publisher: J. Buckland
  • Publication Date: 1787
  • Pages: 77

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Dan Taylor’s Second Dissertation on Singing in the Worship of God continues the conversation over singing in church, contributing to the debate raging among English Baptists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Taylor defends his earlier dissertation in support of singing, responds to letters from Gilbert Boyce, and continues his arguments for the place of singing in the church.

A Humble Essay on Christian Baptism

  • Author: Dan Taylor
  • Publisher: J.W. Pasham
  • Publication Date: 1777
  • Pages: 87

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General Baptist pastor and founder of the “New Connection,” Dan Taylor here discusses the central issue of the Baptist denomination. Taylor outlines “the subjects and mode of baptism,” advocating for believer’s baptism and full immersion. He also includes two of his letters to Stephen Addington.

Compendious View of the Nature and Importance of Christian Baptism

  • Author: Dan Taylor
  • Publisher: T. Knott, W. Ash, J. Marsom, and W. Button
  • Publication Date: 1792
  • Pages: 20

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Presented “for the use of plain Christians,” this work discusses baptism’s “nature and importance.” General Baptist pastor Dan Taylor uses a question-and-answer format, designed to be accessible to everyday Christians. He surveys the issue of baptism and the complicated controversies surrounding it, collecting “what appears to be essential to the controversy into a narrow compass” for the benefit of “common Christians” of his day.

Dan Taylor (1738–1816) was a British General Baptist pastor. Born in Yorkshire, Taylor was a coal miner who joined the Wesleyan Methodists in 1761. However, he came to object to Wesley’s authoritarian leadership and joined the Baptists. Ordained a General Baptist pastor in 1763, he quickly began organizing an independent group of dissenters, and became an important leader, especially among the new generation of General Baptists. Taylor is best remembered for establishing and leading the New Connection of General Baptists, a group of Arminian Baptists who were unhappy with the state of the General Baptists.


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