Henry Taylor (priest)

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Henry Taylor (1711–1785) was a Church of England priest and religious controversialist.

Henry Taylor was educated at Newcome's School in Hackney,[1] and then at Queens' College, Cambridge.[2] He was Rector of Wheatfield, Oxfordshire from 1737 to 1746,[3] Vicar of Portsmouth from 1745 and Rector of Crawley from 1755. He was an Arian who used various pseudonyms in religious controversies with William Warburton, Soame Jenyns and Edward Gibbon.


  • (as Indignatio), Confusion Worse Confounded, 1772. (Against Warburton)
  • (anon.)A Full Answer to a ... Late View of the Internal Evidence of Christian Religion, 1777. (Against Jenyns)
  • (as Khalid E'bn Abdallah), An Enquiry into the Opinions of the Learned Christians, 1777
  • Thoughts on the nature of the grand apostacy; with reflections on the 15th chapter of Mr Gibbon's History, 1781
  • The apology of Benjamin Ben Mordecai to his friends, for embracing Christianity; in seven letters to Elisha Levi ... together with an eighth letter, on the generation of Jesus Christ, 1784


  1. ^ Rae Blanchard, A Prologue and an Epilogue for Nicholas Rowe's Tamerlane by Richard Steele, PMLA Vol. 47, No. 3 (Sep., 1932), pp. 772-776, at p. 773. Published by: Modern Language Association. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/457953
  2. ^ "Taylor, Henry (TLR727H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1969). A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 8: Lewknor and Pyrton Hundreds. Victoria County History. pp. 263–273. 

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