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:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

4 November 1740 A.D. Augustus Toplady Born—Author of “Rock of Ages” and Calvinism in the Church of England

4 November 1740 A.D.  Augustus Toplady Born—Author of “Rock of Ages” and Calvinism in the Church of England

Augustus Toplady (1740 to 1778)

Church of England

Was his famous hymn written in a split rock?

Birth of Augustus Toplady. Converted at age 15 in Dublin, Ireland, through the evangelistic outreach of Methodists, he was ordained in 1762 into the ministry of the church of England and became a strict Calvinist, strongly opposed to the Methodists. At eighteen he wrote his first hymn, "Great God, Whom Heaven and Earth and Sea..." But his most famous hymn, "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me," was written in 1775 when he was 34. Tradition says he wrote it while sheltering from a storm in a rock crevice. He died two years later of tuberculosis and overwork.

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