David Atkinson (bishop)

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David Atkinson
PhD MLitt MA(Oxon) BSc AKC
Bishop of Thetford
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
In office 2001–16 September 2009 (retired)
Predecessor Hugo de Waal
Successor Alan Winton
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Southwark (2009–present)
Archdeacon of Lewisham (1996–2001)
Ordination 1972 (deacon); 1973 (priest)
Consecration 2001
Personal details
Born (1943-09-05) 5 September 1943 (age 71)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Thomas Collins & Adèle
Spouse Susan (m. 1969)
Children 1 son; 1 daughter
Profession Academic & author (theology & ethics)
Alma mater King's College, London

David John Atkinson[1] (born 5 September 1943) is the former Bishop of Thetford.[2]

Atkinson was educated at Maidstone Grammar School and King's College London.[3] After a short career as a chemistry teacher he was ordained in 1973.[4] His career began with a curacy at St Peter Halliwell Bolton,[5] after which he was Curate at St John, Harborne, Birmingham, and then Librarian at Latimer House, Oxford. From 1977 was Chaplain (and a Fellow) of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and part-time Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, then a Canon Residentiary at Southwark Cathedral and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate)[6] Archdeacon of Lewisham. He was Bishop of Thetford from 2001 to 2009. In 2009 he became an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Southwark. Bishop David is married with two children and seven grandchildren. He retired on 16 September 2009.[7]


He has written a number of books on pastoral theology, Christian ethics and biblical studies.

  • Prophecy, Grove 1977
  • The Values of Science, Grove 1980
  • Tasks for the Church in the Marriage Debate, Latimer 1979
  • The Moral Teaching of the Apostle Paul, Christian Theology Trust 1991
  • The Ethics of the Johannine Literature, Christian Theology Trust 1993
  • Life and Death, Oxford University Press 1985
  • To Have and To Hold: The Marriage Covenant and the Discipline of Divorce, Collins, and Eerdmans 1979
  • Homosexuals in the Christian Fellowship, Latimer House and Eerdmans 1979
  • Bible Speaks Today: Ruth, 1983
  • Bible Speaks Today: Genesis 1 - 11, 1990
  • Bible Speaks Today: Job, 1991
  • Bible Speaks Today: Proverbs, 1996
  • Peace in Our Time? (on nuclear deterrence) 1985
  • Pastoral Ethics (text book) 1989 revised SPCK 1994
  • Counselling In Context (with Francis Bridger), Harper Collins 1994, re-issued Darton Longman and Todd 1998 *edited (with David Field) New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology, IVP 1995
  • Jesus, Lamb of God, SPCK 1996
  • God So Loved the World, (towards a missionary theology) SPCK 1999; chapter in Terry Brown (ed)
  • Other Voices, Other Worlds, (DLT 2005)
  • Renewing the Face of the Earth (pastoral and theological response to climate change) Canterbury Press 2008

"The Church's Healing Ministry - practical and pastoral reflections" Canterbury Press 2011

  • Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
  • Evangelical Dictionary of Ethics
  • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought


  1. ^ Diocesan profile
  2. ^ Anglican Profile
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0)
  5. ^ St Peter Halliwell Bolton Parish web site
  6. ^ Press release on appointment
  7. ^ Bishop of Thetford to retire - Diocese of Norwich clergy e-mailing.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugo de Waal
Bishop of Thetford
Succeeded by
Alan Winton