Gordon Strachan (minister)

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Gordon Strachan
Born (1934-01-24)24 January 1934
Cheam, England, United Kingdom
Died 7 July 2010(2010-07-07) (aged 76)
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Minister, theologian, lecturer, author
Spouse(s) Elspeth
Children Christopher
Theological work
Language English

Charles Gordon Strachan (24 January 1934 – 7 July 2010) was a Church of Scotland minister, theologian, university lecturer and author.[1] He was regarded as a radical thinker with unorthodox views, such as his claim that Jesus may have travelled to Britain during his lost years to study with the Druids.[2][3][4]

After attending St Edward's School, Oxford, Strachan went on to graduate with a degree in istory from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in theology from New College, Edinburgh.[5] The subject of his doctoral thesis was Edward Irving, a 19th-century Scottish divine denounced as a heretic. Strachan was active in the Iona Community, taught courses at the Office of Lifelong Learning and lectured in the Department of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh.[2][4]

Strachan wrote a number of books including Jesus the Master Builder: Druid Mysteries and the Dawn of Christianity, which was the basis of a 45-minute documentary titled And Did Those Feet (2009) by Ted Harrison.[6]


  • Pentecostal Theology of Edward Irving (1973)
  • Freeing the Feminine (1985), co-authored with his wife Elspeth
  • Christ and the Cosmos (1985), later republished as The Bible's Hidden Cosmology (2005)
  • Jesus the Master Builder: Druid Mysteries and the Dawn of Christianity (1998)
  • Chartres: Sacred Geometry, Sacred Space (2003)
  • The Return of Merlin: Star Lore and the Patterns of History (2006)
  • Prophets of Nature: Green Spirituality in Romantic Poetry and Painting (2008)


  1. ^ "The Times obituary".
  2. ^ a b Fairley, Jan (9 August 2010). "The Guardian obituary". London.
  3. ^ "Minister with a modern approach to philosophy". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 19 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Jesus in Britain". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26.
  5. ^ "St Edward's Oxford Obituaries".
  6. ^ "Jesus 'may have visited England', says Scottish academic". BBC News. 26 November 2009.

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