David Edwards (priest)
|Education||King's School, Canterbury;
Magdalen College, Oxford
|Church||Church of England|
|Congregations served||St Martin-in-the-Fields;
St. Margaret's, Westminster;
|Offices held||Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey; Dean of Norwich; Provost of Southwark|
Academic career and ministry
Edwards was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, for a seven-year period from 1952 to 1959. He spent the academic year of 1953–54 studying at Westcott House, Cambridge, and was ordained deacon in 1954. He served as a tutor at Westcott House (1954–55) and he was ordained priest in 1955.
In 1955, Edwards began his ordained ministry as an assistant curate at St John's, Hampstead, and also began his work with the Student Christian Movement as its secretary, remaining in both positions until 1958.
Edwards was a canon of Westminster Abbey and the rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster (1970–78). He was additionally chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons (1972–78) and Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey (1974–78). He was Chairman of the Churches' Council on Gambling (1970–78) and of Christian Aid (1971–78). He was the Dean of Norwich from 1978 to 1983 and the Provost of Southwark from 1983 to 1994.
In 1990 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, conferred upon him the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Divinity. He wore the academic dress of his former headmaster, Fred Shirley (who had himself been a Doctor of Divinity) and of whom Edwards wrote a biography, F. J. Shirley: An Extraordinary Headmaster (1969).
Also in 1990, Edwards was appointed an honorary fellow of the South Bank Polytechnic (later South Bank University and now called London South Bank University).
Edwards has written more than 60 books, including:
- Christian England (London: Collins, 1981–84; Fount, 1982–85)
- vol. 1: Its story to the Reformation
- vol. 2: From the Reformation to the 18th century
- vol. 3: From the 18th century to the First World War
The most recent include:
- Roger Bowen with David L. Edwards et al, A guide to preaching (SPCK International Study Guide 38, London : SPCK, 2005)
- Poets and God: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake (London: Darton Longman & Todd, 2005)
- What Anglicans believe in the twenty-first century (London: Continuum, 2000, new expanded edn 2002, updated edn 2004)
- The Church that could be (London: SPCK, 2002)
- After death?: past beliefs and real possibilities (London: Continuum, 1999, new edn 2001)
- A concise history of English Christianity: from Roman Britain to the present day (London: Fount, 1998)
- The great Christian centuries to come (Durham: St Mary's College, University of Durham, 1998)
- Christianity: the first two thousand years (London: Cassell, 1997)
- What is Catholicism? An Anglican responds to the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church (London: Mowbray, 1994)
- Biography of David L. Edwards Retrieved 24 December 2010