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Expert on the kirk noted for strong views

David Wright, a professor of ecclesiastical history at New College, Edinburgh University, has died aged 70.

A distinguished evangelical church historian, theologian and a Kirk Elder, Professor Wright played a major role in Church of Scotland debates about sexuality and baptism.

Born in 1937, he took a first in history and theology at Cambridge University, and was a research student in Lincoln College, Oxford, from 1961-4, when he was appointed lecturer in ecclesiastical history at New College, University of Edinburgh.

Immediately following the new appointment, he joined a group of young church historians known as “the Cheyne Gang”, centred around Professor Alec Cheyne, which transformed the study of church history, particularly in Scotland.

When he retired in 2003, he was appointed an honorary fellow of New College.

An expert in Reformation theology, he published extensively on the early church fathers, especially St Augustine, and on the magisterial figures of the European Reformation – Calvin, John Knox and Peter Martyr.

He also wrote on contemporary ethical issues facing the Church, particularly questions of sexuality, where he took up a thoroughly conservative position.

Full story at The Scotsman.

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