Dr Michael Nazir-ali delivers the first Toon Lecture
A LARGE AUDIENCE gathered in Wycliffe Hall last Tuesday for the first Peter Toon Memorial Lecture. The lecture was given by the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, a personal friend of Peter Toon (pictured) and his wife, Vita.
The Bishop took as his subject the doctrine of Justification by Faith. He gave a clear, learned and at times witty lecture that ranged from Genesis 15 and Galatians 3, to Augustine and the Reformers, the Council of Trent, John Piper and Benedict XVI.
Peter Toon, who died in 2009, wrote more than 40 books. Although he wrote on the Puritans and on the evangelical response to the Oxford Movement, his main subject was the importance of the historic formularies of the Church of England: the 39 Articles, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal.
A Yorkshireman by birth, he served as librarian of Latimer House, curate of St Ebbe’s, Oxford, and tutor of Oak Hill, before moving to spend a long period in the US where he was President of the American branch of the Prayer Book Society. He returned to the UK to serve as Priestin-Charge of a Staffordshire village church before his death.
His wife, Vida, travelled from California for the event. Before the lecture she was presented with a copy of the title page of a rare book from Thomas Cranmer’s own library that the Prayer Book Society of America has paid to have refurbished and repaired in Peter’s memory.