Oliver Chase Quick

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Oliver Chase Quick
Born(1885-06-21)21 June 1885
Sedbergh, England
Died21 January 1944(1944-01-21) (aged 58)
Longborough, England
Spouse(s)Frances Winifred Pearson
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Anglican)
ChurchChurch of England
  • 1911 (deacon)
  • 1912 (priest)
Academic background
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford
Academic work

Oliver Chase Quick (21 June 1885 – 21 January 1944) was an English theologian, philosopher, and Anglican priest.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Oliver Quick was born on 21 June 1885 in Sedbergh, Yorkshire, the son of the educationist Robert Hebert Quick and Bertha Parr.[2] He was educated at Harrow School and studied classics and theology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.[3]

Quick married Frances Winifred Pearson,[4] a niece of Karl Pearson.

Ecclesiastical and academic career[edit]

Quick was ordained to the diaconate[citation needed] in 1911[5] and to the priesthood in 1912.[citation needed] Prior to becoming chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1915, he was a vice-principal of Leeds Clergy School and then a curate at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.[6] He was given his first incumbency in 1918 in his appointment to the vicarage of Kenley, Surrey.[6] He went on to be appointed to residentiary canonries of Newcastle (1920), Carlisle (1923), and St Paul's (1930).[6] He became a professor of theology at Durham University in 1934 and was appointed to a canonry of Durham Cathedral ex officio.[6] He moved to Oxford in 1939, having been appointed to the Regius Professorship of Divinity at the University of Oxford, which carried with it a canonry of Christ Church Cathedral.[7] He remained in the post until his death in 1944.[8]

In his works he advocated the doctrines of soul sleep and conditional immortality.[9] He was one of the leading exponents of orthodox Anglicanism[10] and upheld a position similar to that of the authors of Essays Catholic and Critical (1926). He followed systematic and synthetic rather than historical methods and expressed his thought in a modern way.

Quick died on 21 January 1944 in Longborough, Gloucestershire, and was buried four days later in the churchyard in Longborough.[11]

Published works[edit]


  • Catholic and Protestant Elements in Christianity. London: Longmans, Green & Co. 1913.
  • Modern Philosophy and the Incarnation. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 1915.
  • Essays in Orthodoxy. London: Macmillan. 1916.
  • The Testing of Church Principles. London: John Murray. 1919.
  • Liberalism, Modernism and Tradition: Bishop Paddock Lectures, 1922. London: Longmans, Green & Co. 1922.
  • Christian Beliefs and Modern Questions (1st ed.). London: SCM Press. 1923.
  • Christian Beliefs and Modern Questions (2nd ed.). London: SCM Press. 1924.
  • The Christian Sacraments. London: Harper & Brothers Publishers. 1927. (Reissued several times, including a Fontana Library edition in 1964.)
  • Philosophy and the Cross. London: Oxford University Press. 1931.
  • The Ground of Faith and the Chaos of Thought. London: Nisbet. 1931.
  • The Realism of Christ's Parables. London: SCM Press. 1931.
  • The Gospel of Divine Action. London: Nisbet. 1933.
  • Christian Beliefs and Modern Questions (3rd ed.). London: SCM Press. 1934.
  • Christian Beliefs and Modern Questions (4th ed.). London: SCM Press. 1936.
  • Doctrines of the Creed: Their Basis in Scripture and Their Meaning To-Day. London: Nisbet. 1938. (Reissued several times including a Fontana Library edition in 1963.)
  • Christianity and Justice. London: The Sheldon Press. 1940.
  • The Gospel of the New World: A Study in the Christian Doctrine of Atonement. Prefatory memoir by William Temple. Introduction by F. Winifred Quick. London: Nisbet. 1944.

Book chapters[edit]

  • "Goodness and Happiness". In A. D. Lindsay. Christianity and the Present Moral Unrest. London: George Allen & Unwin. pp. 73–86. 1926.
  • "The Doctrine of the Church of England on Sacraments". In R. Dunkerley. The Ministry and the Sacraments. London: SCM Press. pp. 124–137. 1937.

Journal articles[edit]


  • Fasting Communion: A Discussion. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 1917.
  • Some Arguments for the New Prayer Book. London: League of Loyalty and Order. 1927.
  • Religion and Science as Ways of Knowledge. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark. 1933.



  1. ^ MacKinnon 1993, p. 101; Robbins 2008, p. 168.
  2. ^ Chapman 2004; Lindgren 2004; Sell 2010, p. 143.
  3. ^ Chapman 2004; Lucas 1993, p. 4.
  4. ^ Sell 2010, p. 144.
  5. ^ Chapman 2004; Chapman 2006, p. 830.
  6. ^ a b c d Chapman 2006, p. 830.
  7. ^ Chapman 2006, p. 830; Lucas 1993, p. 17; Sell 2010, p. 144.
  8. ^ Chapman 2017, p. 39.
  9. ^ Quick 1938, pp. 260–261.
  10. ^ Chapman 2006, pp. 830–831; Mozley 1945, p. 36.
  11. ^ Sell 2010, p. 147.

Works cited[edit]

Chapman, Mark D. (2004). "Quick, Oliver Chase (1885–1944)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35639.
 ———  (2006). "Quick, Oliver Chase (1885–1944)". In Brown, Stuart (ed.). Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers. 2. Bristol, England: Thoemmes Continuum. pp. 830–831. ISBN 978-1-84371-096-7.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
 ———  (2017). "The Evolution of Anglican Theology, 1910–2000". In Morris, Jeremy (ed.). The Oxford History of Anglicanism. Volume IV: Global Western Anglicanism, c. 1910–present. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 25–49. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641406.003.0002. ISBN 978-0-19-964140-6.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
Cross, F. L., ed. (1957). The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. London: Oxford University Press. p. 1132.
Lindgren, C. E. (2004). "Quick, Robert Hebert (1831–1891)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/22954.
Lucas, Paul (1993). "Oliver Quick". Theology. 96 (769): 4–19. doi:10.1177/0040571X9309600102. ISSN 0040-571X.
MacKinnon, Donald M. (1993). "Oliver Chase Quick as a Theologian". Theology. 96 (770): 101–117. doi:10.1177/0040571X9309600202. ISSN 0040-571X.
Mozley, John Kenneth (1945). "Oliver Quick as a Theologian – II". Theology. 48 (296): 30–36. doi:10.1177/0040571X4504829602. ISSN 0040-571X.
Quick, Oliver Chase (1938). Doctrines of The Creed (1st ed.). Welwyn, England: James Nisbet & Co. (published 1960).
Robbins, Keith (2008). England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales: the Christian Church, 1900–2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263715.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-19-826371-5.
Sell, Alan P. F. (2010). Four Philosophical Anglicans: W. G. DeBurgh, W. R. Matthews, O. C. Quick, H. A. Hodges. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock (published 2015). ISBN 978-1-4982-2008-8.

Further reading[edit]

Douglas, Brian (2012). "The Early Twentieth Century". A Companion to Anglican Eucharistic Theology. Volume 2: The 20th Century to the Present. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 67–270. ISBN 978-90-04-22133-8.
Hughes, Alexander J. (2015). Oliver Quick and the Quest for a Christian Metaphysic. London: Routledge (published 2016). ISBN 978-1-317-08596-6.
Mozley, John Kenneth (1945). "Oliver Quick as a Theologian – I". Theology. 48 (295): 6–11. doi:10.1177/0040571X4504829503. ISSN 0040-571X.
Temple, William (1944). "Memoir". The Gospel of the New World: A Study in the Christian Doctrine of Atonement. By Quick, Oliver Chase. London: Nisbet.