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Religious historian The Rev Owen Chadwick has died, 99 years of age

Religious historian The Rev Owen Chadwick has died, 99 years of age

The Rev Owen Chadwick, priest, professor, and prolific author of religious history works, is remembered in an in-depth obituary published by the Guardian.

In addition to his many scholarly achievements, Chadwick was a leading figure in the Church of England, leading it through a difficult transition period as a member of the Chadwick Commission.

From the Obituary:

However, his greatest public service lay in his work for the Church of England, and especially his skilled chairmanship of the commission that bore his name (1966-70), and that refashioned the institution’s government. He resisted strong pressure from within his commission to opt for dis-establishment, but he secured a considerable freeing up of church from state, most obviously by giving the church more control over episcopal appointments, and by removing the necessity of parliamentary confirmation from changes in worship and doctrine.

He also secured a modest degree of democratisation and a broad laicisation of the standing commissions of the church and of its central deliberative and decision-making body, to be renamed the Synod. The report incorporates a very formidable history of the relations of church and state since the Reformation and has provided much of the framework for the modernisation of British religious culture in recent years.

Chadwick has received obituaries in numerous papers.

The Times obituary
The Telegraph obituary

Were you influenced by Chadwick’s work? Do you have any memories of this remarkable priest?


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Bill Ghrist

Sorry for being a bit off topic, but I couldn’t help being struck by the resemblance to .

Bill Ghrist

Well, oops, that didn’t work. The link is

Susan M. Reeve

In the early 1970s I worked as a junior library assistant at two of the Sidgwick Site libraries. Professor Chadwick occasionally checked out books from me. He was quite the conversationalist, a delight to listen to, and a good listener.

JC Fisher

Memory eternal, RIP.

Professor Christopher Seitz

Now in my sixties, having had tenure at Yale, St Andrews, Toronto, one wonders if Owen Chadwick has not only died but also a former mode of scholarship with him.

A gentle man, with generosity and temerity as a scholar.

May God receive him into his eternal life.

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