Dr Michael Nazir-ali de­liv­ers the first Toon Lec­ture

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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.

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