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Theology in Violent Times: Commemorating the Legacy of John McIntyre

September 20, 2016

On Tuesday the 6th of September we welcomed The Reverend Professor Emeritus James Haire to present the eighth lecture in our St Andrew’s Lecture series, focusing on the life and work of the Very Reverend Professor John McIntyre.

Principal Wayne Erickson first highlighted McIntyre as the Andrew’s man. In November 1950 McIntyre was appointed the 6th Principal of the College. His successor, Alan Dougan, caught the essence of McIntyre’s Principalship very well in his appreciation, written upon McIntyre’s departure in 1956:

“…His youthfulness was of a rare quality so that he could himself be Principal and student in one person, and he unerringly knew what students thought, and understood their ways…”

McIntyre published seminal books and received many honours.  The University of Edinburgh awarded him the degree of Doctor of Letters for his book on the medieval theologian Anselm, completed while he was Principal of Andrew’s.

The Reverend Professor Emeritus James Haire, Professor Emeritus at Charles Sturt University, then spoke to further commemorate the legacy of John McIntyre, and to discuss the challenges of Theology in Violent Times.

Haire has four honorary doctorates, two each from the UK and Australia, and is a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) “for eminent service to the community through international leadership in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, the promotion of religious reconciliation, inclusion and peace, and as a theologian.”

Haire’s lecture gave us a great insight into a prominent St Andrew’s figure and resonated with current residents, as spiritual descendants of John McIntyre, helping them leave with a clear sense of their duty to challenge authority and make the world a better place.

The full lecture can be viewed here.

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