Moore remembers its longest serving Principal

2016 marks the centenary of the birth of ‘Broughton’, one of the most influential theologians Sydney Diocese has produced. To mark the occasion, the Moore College Library Day was dedicated to an in depth engagement with the legacy of David Broughton Knox.

The topics covered included theological interaction with Knox’s ecclesiology, sacramentalism and understanding of the atonement as well as explorations into his influence on the shaping of Australian Christianity.

There were also several personal reflections throughout the day, including Marcia Cameron sharing some of the challenges in writing Knox’s biography, and Bishop Paul Barnett and current Archbishop Glenn Davies sharing how Knox had influenced them.

A summary of highlights from the day:

  • A gathering of old and young to remember one of the great figures in the College’s history in what would have been his one hundredth year, including members of Dr Knox’s family
  • Marcia Cameron’s reflections on writing the Broughton biography
  • Appreciative and yet critically reflective, insightful explorations of aspects of his theology by Peter Jensen, Robert Doyle, Andrew Leslie, Chase Kuhn and Ed Loane
  • A careful exploration of his shaping of the modern Moore College by Mark Thompson
  • Moving personal reflections from Paul Barnett, Glenn Davies, Bruce Winter, and Don Carson (read), with others to appear in the book
  • The presentation to the Moore College Library (soon to have a new name) of a sixteenth century English translation of Calvin’s Institutes by Dr Bruce Winter
  • Informal sharing of memories over coffee and lunch

“One of the common threads across the variety of topics covered on the day was Knox’s deep reverence for Scripture and submission to its teaching.” says the Rev Dr Ed Loane, who lectures in doctrine and church history at Moore College and helped organise the conference. “Another aspect that became evident across the day was that Knox was no esoteric theologian, he was motivated by pastoral sympathies in his study and application of God’s word.”

It is hoped that these papers will be published in a volume which will enable wider appreciation of Knox’s contribution and legacy as well as stimulating deeper engagement with the numerous penetrating and challenging theological insights Knox drew from his study of God’s word.

The below links contain a further discourse on Broughton and his enduring legacy:

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