Monday, September 5, 2016

Bishop David Jenkins obituary: A controversial cleric

From The BBC-

David Jenkins was an Anglican bishop who questioned some of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity.

His views on the virgin birth and the resurrection caused a storm of protest and considerable opposition to his appointment as Bishop of Durham.

His forays into the field of politics saw attacks on both Conservative and Labour administrations for what he saw was their over-reliance on market forces.

An academic theologian, rather than a parish priest, he became for many, the symbol of modernisation and liberal ideas in the established church.

David Edward Jenkins was born on 26 January 1925 in Bromley, Kent, and brought up in a Methodist family.

Confirmed into the Church of England as a teenager, his education was disrupted by World War Two. He was commissioned in the Royal Artillery and ended the war in India.

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