Samuel Miller was born in Dover, Delaware, on October 31, 1769. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, and was a graduate, in 1789. He was ordained by the presbytery of New York, in 1793. He served two different Presbyterian congregations in New York City from 1793 until 1813. In 1813, he was called to become the second professor at the new Presbyterian Seminary, at Princeton, New Jersey, a post he would occupy until his death. After teaching ecclesiastical history and church government for 36 years, he died shortly after being made professor emeritus, January 7, 1850. Miller was a prolific author, penning many books and articles on Presbyterianism and its history. His early involvement in controversies over church government had been one of things that brought him to the attention of his brethren and recommended him for the fledgling seminary.
1803-Samuel Miller.-In this extract, from his Brief Retrospect, Miller addresses the rise of the real first wave feminists led by Mary Wollstonecraft and her wicked book on the Rights of Woman. This is a fine critique which declares that feminism was anti-Christian from its inception.
1808-Samuel Miller.-Mr. Miller believed that there are real differences between the sexes and that it ought to be reflected in many ways. However, just because women are not men does not mean they can do no good in society.
1812-Samuel Miller.-A sermon occasioned by the burning of the Richmond theater in which a number of notable persons perished. Miller, while expressing sympathy for the grieving, explains why the theater is not a Christian amusement.
1824-Samuel Miller.-Dr. Miller explains the purpose of creeds and their necessity to testimony bearing and avoiding communion with corrupt ecclesiastical constitutions.
1835-Samuel Miller.-A missionary sermon which is both description and prescriptive about the task of the church in evangelizing and the glory that will be its future. This is a sermon brimming with the kind of optimism that only the postmillennial vision can convey.
1835-Samuel Miller.-In this section of his chapter on Presbyterian worship, from his book "Presbyterianism, the Truly Primitive and Apostolic Constitution of the Christian Church," Miller asserts and explains why Presbyterians do not celebrate holy-days such as Christmas or Easter.
1838-Samuel Miller.-Written at the request of Mr. James Wharey, for his small history of the church, this brief appendix contains Miller's learned opinion that the Waldenses practiced infant baptism.