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:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

18 September 1643 A.D. Gilbert Burnet Born—Scottish Anglican, Bishop, & Scholar of the English Reformation

18 September  1643 A.D.  Gilbert Burnet Born—Scottish Anglican, Bishop, & Scholar of the English Reformation

Gilbert Burnet (1643 to 1715)

Church of England

This outspoken moderate cared for impoverished pastors.

Gilbert Burnet was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He pastored in Scotland, taught at the University of Glasgow and became chaplain to the English rulers William and Mary. As Bishop of Salisbury, he was a model of zeal and activity. Outspoken against Catholicism, Burnet was nonetheless moderate in his treatment of dissenters and other opponents. His personal character was so high that the dying Earl of Rochester, who had lived a profligate life, called him to his bedside for spiritual counsel. Burnett helped inaugerate the ecclesiastical provision known as Queen Anne's Bounty which was designed to augment the income of the poorer Anglican clergy. He wrote several books which were highly regarded in their day, including a History of the Reformation in England.

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