Noah Webster and His 1828 Dictionary

Noah Webster and His 1828 Dictionary

“No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

“All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

“The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions.”

“The Bible is the Chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best corrector of all that is evil, in human society; the best book for regulating the temporal concerns of men, and the only book that can serve as an infallible guide.”

“The principles of genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations, are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man, therefore, who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer.”

“It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion.”

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These are all quotes from Noah Webster, one of the American Founding Fathers, and a devout Christian. His 1828 American Dictionary contained the greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any reference volume. He considered education “useless without the Bible”. He included the Bible in his researches for his definitions, unlike the modern dictionary makers with humanistic presuppositions. Webster claimed to have learned 20 different languages in finding definitions for which a particular word is used. All in all, I consider his 1828 dictionary to be one of the greatest literary works of America’s creation.

In addition to this, Webster was an active political leader in the Revolutionary war, and wrote many volumes of books and articles in that cause. He, with the other great founders, believed the Bible to be the ultimate source of authority, especially in the creating of a nation. This was the foundation for his political views. His 1828 dictionary reflected his vast political and biblical understanding, and is a powerful tool for any modern defender of liberty’s library. Thankfully, his 1828 dictionary and its 1913 revision are both public domain, and so are easily accessible on the web.

I use his dictionary as my standard in my biblical studies of government, as modern dictionaries are quite inadequate for my purpose. It is an invaluable aid in my quest for the truth about God’s desire for government systems. I will try to do an article on a word and its definition from his 1828 dictionary every day or so on this blog. So stay looking!


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