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Author(s): Ward, W. Reginald | Kidd, Thomas S.
1. Term The terms “Puritan” and “Puritanism” were originally terms of abuse but were defined in 1646 by the Presbyterian John Geree (1601–49) as a moderate and middle way in religion: “The Old English Puritan was such an one that honoured God above all, and under God gave everyone his due. His first care was to serve God … making the word of God his rule in worship. He highly esteemed order in the house of God: but would not under colour of that submit to superstitious rites.… He reverenced author…

Johnson, Samuel

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Author(s): Kidd, Thomas S.
[German Version] (Oct 14, 1696, Guilford, CT – Jan 6, 1772, Stratford, CT) was a transitional figure between New England Puritanism and developments associated with the English Enlightenment. Although Johnson remained committed to the main tenets of Calvinism, he eventually rejected Puritan ecclesiology and became a leading figure in America's Anglican community. Johnson graduated from Yale College in 1714. Soon after graduation he gained access to a donation of books at Yale, which included the w…