Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

6 August 1504 A.D. Birth of Matthew Parker—71st of 105 Archbishops of Canterbury

6 August 1504 A.D.  Birth of Matthew Parker—71st of 105 Archbishops of Canterbury



Matthew Parker (1504 to 1575)

Church of England

An Archbishop with a Mixed Record.

Matthew Parker was born at Norwich, England. In 1527 he was ordained and attracted to the theology of the reformation. During the short reign of Edward VI, he was made dean of Lincoln Cathedral. In this same period, he cultivated the friendship of Martin Bucer, the Strassbourg reformer, who came to Cambridge. When the Catholic queen, Mary, came to the throne in 1553, the Protestant Parker lost all his academic and ecclesiastical positions and lived in obscurity. However, with the death of Mary and crowning of Elizabeth, Parker rose to prominence. Elizabeth made him archbishop of Canterbury. He had a major part in the publication of the Bishops' Bible, but also served as Elizabeth's tool to repress religious dissent.

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