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:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

7 September 1709 A.D. Samuel Johnson Born: The Man with a Big Vocabulary

7 September 1709 A.D. Samuel Johnson Born


Samuel Johnson (1709 to 1784) 

Church of England


His Vast Vocabulary Included Christian Words.

Samuel Johnson was born in Litchfield, England. After some writing and publishing, he achieved the notable success of creating a monumental English language dictionary with examples of word use. This was not the first English-language dictionary, as we are often told: a clergyman by the name of Bailey had produced an earlier dictionary which Johnson on which Johnson collated his words. Johnson was a faithful Anglican, a man of profound charity, and a pious writer. He seems never to have been assured of his salvation although deeply aware of his need for redemption through Christ. After his death in 1784, his Prayers and Meditations were published, revealing a continual soul-searching.

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